Firefighters tackle moorland blaze near Halifax

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FIREFIGHTERS were last night tackling a major moorland fire near Halifax.

Ten fire pumps attended the blaze on moors at Soyland after the fire service was alerted at 1.45pm yesterday.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said there was: “approximately four miles of moorland involved.” She said teams of beaters were being used to try to contain the fire.

Yesterday’s fire came as Yorkshire Water urged the public to take special care during the unusually warm weather.

The warning follows a huge blaze on Ovenden Moor, at Halifax, last April, which destroyed important areas of biologically diverse moorland.

A Yorkshire Water spokesman, said yesterday: “While our reservoirs are at normal levels for this time of year, many of the catchment areas around them are very dry.

“We request that people do not start any sort of fire and a stray cigarette end, a spark from a pipe or even the rays of sun through a discarded drink bottle could be equally disastrous.”