Leeds & West Yorkshire

Wainstalls moorland fires burn for fourth day

Firefighters are spending a fourth day tackling a large moorland fire near Halifax in West Yorkshire.

About 20 firefighters are trying to contain the 1km-wide (1,100yd) blaze on moors above Cold Edge Road, Wainstalls, which has been burning since Saturday.

Four fire engines, a specially-equipped wild fire unit and a helicopter were being used at the scene, West Yorkshire Fire Service said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established, the fire service said.

The blaze has left behind charred remains of birds eggs in their nest.

Bo Schofield, a gamekeeper who rents property on the moorland, said: "It's been heartbreaking to see the devastation here because as we wander along we see nests with clutches of eight, nine or eggs."

Mr Schofield added he believed it would take years for the moorland to return to its former state.

A fire service spokeswoman urged people visiting the moors to "use common sense" during the current dry spell in order to avoid starting fires by accident.

"We don't want people going on to the moors and having barbecues," she said.

"We were stretched to the limit on Sunday with more than 150 separate incidents of grass and moor fires right across the county.

"Because of the winds each time we're called out we have to have three or four pumps at each incident."

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