Lancashire

Firefighters tackle Darwen moorland wildfire

Darwen moorland fire Image copyright LFRS
Image caption Fire crews were called to the blaze off Sunnyhurst Lane

Fifty firefighters are tackling a wildfire in Lancashire.

Crews were called to the blaze, off Sunnyhurst Lane, Darwen, at 17:10 BST on Tuesday.

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the blaze, which covers an area of about 400 metres by 100 metres.

"In my experience this will be a deliberate fire or careless use of a barbecue," said Lancashire's chief fire officer, Justin Johnston. "Please help us to help you."

The public have been asked to avoid the area while firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.

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