Marsden Moor fire LIVE: 70 firefighters tackling two-mile-long flame front

Around 70 firefighters have rushed to the scene of a huge fire on Marsden Moor, which has been burning since Sunday.Crews have been battling a massive blaze on the moorland since Sunday evening, with around 70 firefighters from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service at the scene. The fire, near Black Moss Reservoir, has been burning since around 7pm on Sunday night (April 25).Crews were able to bring the blaze under control yesterday afternoon, extinguishing most of the flames and leaving just four crews remaining at the scene to dampen down the area.But the response was stepped up across the evening and a helicopter was deployed to help target pockets of fire that continued to burn – with the blaze reigniting with a vengence. A spokesman for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the blaze had grown, covering over two square miles of moorland. They said: "The fire currently has a flame front of 2 miles, with an area of 2 square miles affected by the blaze. "There are currently around 70 firefighters on scene working with partners."Local residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed."Please stay away from the area until incident is closed." More to follow.


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