Wildfire season starts early as unmanaged moorland near Marsden goes up in flames
Source: Slaithwaite Fire Station
It is still February and yet the West Yorkshire fire service have already been busy dealing with wildfire on a piece of unmangage moorland, close to Marsden Moor.
The fire service were called out just after midday yesterday. Using a their blowers, beaters and ARGO Cat 4x4 from Todmorden the team were able to extinguish the fire, which had already reached a size of 500m x 500m.
Crews from Slaithwaite initially attended and made up for the additional resources to tackle the fire from other station's, including Huddersfield, Meltham and Halifax.
Marsden Moor, which is managed by the National Trust and advocates a policy of zero controlled burning, has suffered significant damage in recent years from wildfires with critics claiming the National Trust only have themselves to blame for failing to manage the land properly.
One local resident told us: "We have become used to wildfires in the dry summer, but for them to start at this time of year is very concerning. There have to be questions raised for the National Trust, and other conservation groups, as to whether they are managing this land properly given the number of fires we've seen."