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Summary

  1. Major Marsden moorland fire 'now out' - Fire service
  2. Fire crews were called to scene at about 19:30 on Tuesday
  3. Witnesses say scene overnight was 'apocalyptic'
  4. Fire crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester tackle blaze
  5. Volunteers from National Trust to help contain huge moor blaze
  6. Live updates from major moorland fire near Marsden

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

  1. Moorland blaze: Summary of events so far

    Fire crews have extinguished a huge blaze on moorland in West Yorkshire.

    The fire, described by one witness as "apocalyptic", started at about 19:30 on Tuesday and covered about 1.5 sq km of land near Marsden.

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said it was "one of the biggest moorland fires we've ever had to deal with".

    BLAZE AT MARSDEN

    Here's what we know about the fire:

    • The blaze took hold of about 1.5 sq km of land on Marsden Moor at 19:30 last night
    • It came as the UK broke the record for the warmest winter day
    • Crews worked throughout the night to bring flames, which were up to two metres high in places, under control at 03:00
    • The Duke of York thanked fire crews and police officers for their work, and expressed his sorrow for the moorland which has been destroyed
    • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service has since issued safety warnings and advised residents in the area to stay indoors and keep windows closed
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    You can read more about how the blaze was tackled and its impact here.

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  2. Moorland blaze: Latest pictures of aftermath

    This is the aftermath of one of the largest moorland fires West Yorkshire has seen.

    Fire crews worked hard throughout the night to tackle the blaze on Marsden Moor last night.

    The pictures show a destroyed landscape which reveals the scale of the fire:

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  3. Moorland blaze: 'Highest flame fronts we've ever seen'

    Firefighters on Marsden Moor tackled flames which were two metres high last night in what the fire service says one of the biggest moorland blazes the county has ever seen.

    CREWS PUTTING OUT FIRE

    Crews arrived at about 20:00, where there about four sq km of moorland were already on fire.

    By 03:00 the fire had died down, but teams will remain at the scene for the majority of today to monitor the situation.

    Station Manager Adam Greenwood said: "It was one of the of the highest flame fronts we have seen with flames of up to two metres high and it was moving fast across the moorland.

    "The quick initial fire attack by firefighters did help to bring the fire under control, despite the size and ferocity of the flames."

  4. Moorland fire: Duke of York praises emergency services

    The Duke of York has thanked fire crews and police officers for their work throughout the night to control a blaze which took hold of Marsden moor.

    Crews remain at the scene to ensure it does not reignite.

    Prince Andrew also expressed his sorrow for the moorland which has been destroyed:

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  5. Moorland blaze: 'Stay indoors' warning to local residents

    Residents who live in the area surrounding the scene of one of West Yorkshire's biggest moorland blazes have been told to stay indoors following last night's fire.

    MARSDEN MOOR FIRE

    The fire, on Marsden Moor, started at about 19:30 and burned through the night before fire crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester brought it under control early this morning.

    Station Manager Adam Greenwood said crews had "worked tirelessly to get the fire under control and have done a great job".

    "The fire looks to be out, however moorland fires can easily reignite so it’s important that we monitor it closely," Mr Greenwood added.

    Meanwhile, Public Health England has advised residents to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed.

    A spokesperson said: "Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed."

  6. Yorkshire moorland blaze: What we know now

    A fire which swept through a mile-long stretch of West Yorkshire moorland has been put out this morning after burning through the night.

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    Fire crews spent the night at the scene of the blaze near Marsden.

    They were called out at about 19:30 yesterday evening and remain on site this morning, with volunteers from the National Trust, which owns the land.

    The Incident Commander described it as "one of the biggest" fires they've ever dealt with.

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    Andy Rose, from West Yorkshire Fire Service said the 45-minute trek to the frontline of the fire made it difficult to get water to the flames, so fire crews had to use beaters.

    Five pumps and two wildfire units remain at the scene this morning and they're expected to stay there for much of the day to tackle any "hotspots".

  7. In pictures: Huge moorland fire extinguished

    These are the latest pictures from the scene of a major fire on moorland near Marsden in West Yorkshire which "now looks to be out", according to West Yorkshire Fire Service.

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    Crews were called at about 19:30 last night, with the Incident Commander later describing it as "one of the biggest" moorland fires they've ever dealt with.

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    At its height about 35 firefighters were on the scene.

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    Five pumps and two wildfire units remain there this morning, according to the fire service.

    They're expected to stay there for much of the day to tackle any "hotspots".

  8. Newly-grown heather badly hit by Marsden moorland fire

    A major fire on moorland near Marsden will have a serious effect on heather which has just re-grown after a previous blaze, the National Trust has warned.

    Fire scene

    The fire broke out at about 19:30 yesterday evening and West Yorkshire Fire Service said it was one of the worst fire crews had ever witnessed.

    Mike Elliot, from the National Trust, which owns the land, says: "The heather had only just got re-established after a fire about three years ago.

    "It's gradually got back to its normal self, but unfortunately it's going to have to start again."

    Fire crews and National Trust volunteers are expected to stay at the scene of the fire for some time to come.

  9. In pictures: Firefighters tackle major moorland blaze

    Fire crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester have spent the night at the scene of a major blaze on moorland near Marsden.

    They were called out at about 19:30 and remain there this morning, alongside volunteers from the National Trust, which owns the land.

    This was the scene overnight:

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  10. Major Marsden moorland fire 'now out' - Fire service

    A major fire on moorland near Marsden in West Yorkshire "now looks to be out", according to West Yorkshire Fire Service.

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    Crews were first called to the scene of the blaze at about 19:30 last night, with the Incident Commander later describing it as "one of the biggest" such fires they've ever dealt with.

    At its height, five crews from West Yorkshire and two from Greater Manchester - a total of about 35 firefighters - were on the scene.

    Five pumps and two wildfire units remain there this morning, according to the fire service.

    They're expected to stay there for much of the day to tackle any "hotspots".

  11. At the scene: Difficulty getting water to moorland fire

    Dave Guest

    BBC Breakfast

    I'm at the scene of a large fire on moorland near Marsden in West Yorkshire where, in the last hour, firefighters have made a lot of headway - but I'm told the blaze is far from out.

    Dave Guest

    The fire, covering almost a mile of moorland, broke out at about 19:30 last night and throughout the night fire crews couldn't continue to fight it because it wasn't safe to do so in the pitch darkness.

    It's very difficult terrain to fight a fire in, because the heather catches fire and the flames then get into the peat underneath, travel along, and pop up elsewhere.

    But a lot of progress is being made here compared to the scene we saw overnight, where one resident who'd never seen anything like it described it as "apocalyptic".

    Andy Rose, from West Yorkshire Fire Service, told me the 45-minute trek to the frontline of the fire was causing problems.

    He said getting water to the flames is very difficult because of the terrain, so they are currently using beaters.

    I've heard they may later use helicopters to "water-bomb" the remaining burning heather.

  12. In pictures: Firefighters tackle major moorland blaze

    These are some of the latest pictures from a major moorland blaze near Marsden in West Yorkshire this morning:

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    Fire crews have been at the scene since about 19:30 yesterday after the fire broke out at the scene.

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    The blaze is now under control, according to West Yorkshire Fire Service and firefighters and volunteers are expected to remain at the scene throughout this morning.

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    Video caption: Fire crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester are tackling a moorland blaze.

    Fire crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester are tackling a moorland blaze.

  14. At the scene: Dawn breaks over scene of major moor fire

    Dave Guest

    BBC Breakfast

    I'm at the scene of a large fire on moorland near Marsden in West Yorkshire.

    Dave Guest

    The fire covering almost a mile of moorland broke out at about 19:30 last night and throughout the night fire crews couldn't continue to fight it because it wasn't safe to do so in the pitch darkness.

    But now dawn has broken, crews are back on the scene.

    It's about a 45-minute walk to get to the frontline of the fire, so it's not easy to get to, especially with heavy equipment.

    At the moment firefighters with beaters are on the moor doing their utmost to try to extinguish the flames, but they don't know how long it will take to completely put the fire out.

  15. At the scene: Major moor blaze near Marsden

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

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    Speaking to one witness last night at the major fire on moorland near Marsden, they said: "Imagine what the world would look like when it's ending - this is what it would look like."

    You could see the glow for miles around, with flames leaping into the air.

    People normally in bed came out specially to witness this at first hand.

    There was a smell of smoke in the air, but it wasn't not too bad visibility-wise.

  16. Volunteers to help contain huge moor blaze

    Volunteers from the National Trust will help firefighters at the scene of a huge moorland blaze this morning, the fire service has confirmed.

    Marsden Moor fire

    Incident Commander Laura Boocock, from West Yorkshire Fire Service, says the blaze, which covers just under a mile of land on Saddleworth Moor owned by the National Trust, is under control, but volunteers are needed to help contain it.

    Crews and resources will remain on scene near Marsden until it's totally safe, she adds.

    At its height, five engines from West Yorkshire and two from Greater Manchester were on scene.

    There are no reports of any injuries.

  17. Saddleworth Moor fire 'under control' - Fire service

    Fire crews tackling a huge blaze on Saddleworth Moor in West Yorkshire say it is under control.

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    The fire started at about 19:30 on Tuesday and covers about a mile of land near Marsden.

    Laura Boocock, West Yorkshire Fire Service's incident commander, said it was "one of the biggest moorland fires we've ever had to deal with".

    One witness described the blaze as "apocalyptic".

    It comes as the UK broke the record for the warmest winter day for a second time.

    There have been no reports of any injuries.

    The A62 between Colne Valley and Diggle was closed for several hours in both directions as a precaution.

  18. Watch: Latest from the scene of Yorkshire moorland fire

    This is the latest from the scene of a large fire on moorland near Marsden in West Yorkshire.

    Fire crews have been on the scene overnight dealing with the blaze, which began at about 19:30 yesterday evening and covers about a mile of land.

    BBC Radio Leeds reporter Oli Woodcock is there now:

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