Leeds & West Yorkshire

Ilkley Moor fire on 'hottest day' of the year

Ilkley moor fire Image copyright James Richards
Image caption The blaze could be seen across Ilkley

A large patch of moorland near Ilkley in West Yorkshire caught fire on Sunday following the hottest day of the year.

Temperatures reached around 23C (73.5F) in the region over the weekend, although the fire service has not yet confirmed the cause of the blaze.

Around 20 firefighters tackled the flames at White Wells from 22:13 BST and used beaters and water to bring it under control.

Crews left the scene at around 04:00, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said.

At its height the fire covered a patch of moorland around 650 ft (200m) by 320 ft (100m).

Chris Hannah, from the service, said: "It was a difficult fire to fight because it was on a steep banking. Firefighters worked really hard."

Image copyright Daniel Hatton

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