Ilkley Moor hit by second blaze in a matter of weeks

A large fire has broken out on Ilkley Moor, weeks after another large fire on the West Yorkshire moorland.

Several local residents posted images of smoke billowing from the area, with one saying “not again – fire on #Ilkley Moor close to Hangingston Road after the Cattle grid”.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “We are aware of a large moorland fire on Ilkley Moor and have crews in attendance and more on the way.”

West Yorkshire Police posted: “Hangingstone Road is currently closed while emergency services deal with fires on the moor.”

The moor was one of many to catch fire on the warmest Easter weekend on record.

Ilkley Moor fires
Ilkley Moor fires

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service later said 10 fire engines were attending the blaze.

It said it had received more than 65 emergency calls about the fire and said there was “a lot of smoke in the area”.

“The public is advised to avoid the area to allow firefighters to tackle the fire,” it added.

The fires last month also hit Moray, Scotland, Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales, Dartmoor in Devon, the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland and moors in Derbyshire and Greater Manchester.