With more than 100 Firefighters and a helicopter, the 60-hour tackle to beat the blaze in Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire has now been closed. The blaze came almost exactly two years after the previous huge moor fire which spread rapidly across more than 3 sq miles killing wildlife and destroying a £360,000 habitat restoration project. Sadly, although the flames have been put out, the fire at it peak measured more than 1 mile-long, which has left a charred landscape and devastated the wildlife. In addition to this, tens of thousands of pounds that had been invested into restoring the moors has been lost.
The blaze, which began on Sunday, continued for 60-hours, and the Team in Leeds were called out early Tuesday morning to support the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and Mountain Rescue Teams with hot meals. Over the next 5 hours, RRT provided over 130 meals and more than 150 hot drinks.
West Yorkshire Fire Service (WYFS) said the “tireless” effort of the fire crews and overnight rain had combined to bring the incident to a close.
A huge thanks from all at RRT to those involved who helped tackle the wildfire.