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Moorland fires continue to burn

Posted 3 May 2011
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Moorland fires continue to burn
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A number of moorland fires have been reported across upland areas of Britain due to the continuing dry weather conditions of recent weeks, something that may prompt those wishing to go walking to take care.

Fire crews spent much of the bank holiday weekend tackling a series of fires on Anglezarke and Wheelton Moors in Lancashire, with crews from across the county being drafted in to help.

As well as the ground being very dry, high winds fanned the flames and large areas have been affected.

Other parts of Lancashire and locations in Yorkshire have also been hit by fires.

Those putting on their hiking boots and keen to head for the hills may have benefitted from choosing alternatives such as valley walks, a situation that may persist as long as the weather remains very dry.

In Northern Ireland, gorse fires have been raging across heathland in the Mountains of Mourne, with two boys aged ten and 15 being arrested on suspicion of deliberately starting a blaze.