‘Not again’: residents dismayed as new fire hits Ilkley moor


Fire chiefs renew their warnings as tinderbox conditions increase the risks to our wild areas

One of northern England’s most picturesque areas, Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire, was on Saturday engulfed in flames. It is the second time in a month that a blaze has swept moorland there. Ten fire engines were called out to deal with spreading flames, at Ilkley near Hangingstone Road, and people were urged to keep away.

Residents posted images of smoke billowing from the area, with one saying: “Not again – fire on #Ilkley Moor close to Hangingstone Road after the Cattle grid.” Ilkley Moor is famous for its picturesque walks and its Cow and Calf rock formation, and also for inspiring Yorkshire’s unofficial anthem, On Ilkley Moor Baht ’at.

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Source: The Guardian - Natural disasters and extreme weather