Latest on the ongoing fire on Marsden Moor

Firefighters are today battling a fire on Marsden Moor as another devastating blaze hits local wildlife.

Latest fire at Marsden Moor

The fire, at Manchester Road near Slaithwaite currently covers an estimated 2km squared of land. People are being advised to stay away from the area, and not to walk on the part of the Pennine Way which is close to the fire.


Dozens of calls were made to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) at around 1.30pm today and three fire engines are in attendance with four wildfire units.


The specialist wildfire Polaris vehicle has also been deployed to help tackle the blaze and prevent it spreading.


At the scene is Assistant District Commander Adam Garvey who said the fire currently stretches up and over a hill on the moorland, which is a site of special scientific interest.


“We are using blowers and beaters in a bid to stop the fire from spreading, as currently it stretches over a hill for around 2km,” said Adam. “This is hard work for the firefighters, but we are working as a team to extinguish the flames.


“It is frustrating to have our crews called again to Marsden Moor as they were here less than two weeks ago with fires that are now being investigated as arson by police.”


Recently WYFRS launched their annual #BeMoorAware campaign, which aims to prevent wildfires and reduce the impact on communities, businesses and the environment.


Advice on helping to prevent wildfires include:


•         Clear up and take your rubbish home after picnics.

•         Observe all signs and notices – they are there for a reason.

•         Follow the National Trust Countryside Code.

•         Don’t leave glass bottles. Not only can they hurt people and animals, but they can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire.

•         Never throw lighted cigarette ends onto the ground, or out of the window of vehicles. Always ensure that they are completely extinguished and disposed of responsibly.

•         Never be tempted to light a fire in the countryside.

•         If you see a fire, or someone using a BBQ on the moorland, call 999 and ask for Fire Service.

Now, more than ever, we need your help to prevent wildfires. Go to our website at to find out more about how you can do your part to reduce wildfire risk and protect firefighters and your community.