Disposable barbecue starts moorland fire just days after huge Marsden blaze

A disposable barbecue started a new moorland fire just days after fire crews had to tackle a huge blaze on Marsden moor.

On Wednesday, firefighters attended a large fire in a West Yorkshire moorland.

When they arrived they noticed a disposable barbecue still smoking, which had set the surrounding area alight.

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The barbecue had been lit despite UK 'lockdown' measures in place urging people to stay in their homes to help fight the coronavirus.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Despite the current measures in place regarding Coronavirus AND us asking people to BeMoorAware today we attended a large fire in the open.

"On arrival Firefighters noticed a disposable barbecue still smoking, with the surrounding area alight.

"Luckily on this occasion we were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but this could have resulted in another large incident & required multiple resources.

"PLEASE #BeMoorAware & act responsibly when in the countryside & remember it is an offence to have a BBQ/Fire at locations across W.Yorkshire."

On Monday, a mile long fire broke out on Marsden Moor.

It required fifteen fire crews to extinguish the blaze.

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