Arrests made over ‘devastating’ blaze on West Yorkshire moorlands | UK News

Several arrests have been made over a large fire on West Yorkshire’s Ilkley Moor.

The blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon on the hottest day of the year, spreading rapidly across the dry terrain.

Around 70 firefighters were still working to bring the fire under control on Sunday morning, with authorities confirming a helicopter had also been deployed to assist with an “overhead water attack”.

Locals posting updates to a community Facebook page have described the fire as “devastating”.

Several acres of moorland was on fire. Pic: Martyn Hughes
Several acres of moorland were ablaze. Pic: Martyn Hughes

Speaking to Sky News, Sarah Reed, who lives in the area, said it was a “shame for the wildlife” living on the moor.

She added: “The worst part is that this fire could have been prevented.”

Ms Reed captured video footage of the flames as she drove past Ilkley Moor late on Saturday, which she later posted to Twitter.

Other videos posted by locals to community pages show thick smoke edging closer to inhabited areas.

“The smoke was pretty bad, but mainly blowing down the valley,” Ms Reed said.

But once it had moved across the hillside, “the smoke started filling the town”, she added.

A helicopter is being used to dump water on the fire
A helicopter is being used to dump water on the fire

Authorities warned people to stay away from the moor during another hot Easter day on Sunday.

In a tweet, Sergeant Terri Green said she had sent officers to cordon the area due to “dangerous conditions” caused by the fire.

Bradford Council confirmed a number of road closures.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his thanks to those battling the blaze, before adding that the “awful scenes” on the moorlands served as a reminder for the “need to tackle climate change”.

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