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Anglezarke moorland destroyed by fire

Posted 9 May 2011
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Anglezarke moorland destroyed by fire
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Fires as a result of the recent spate of dry weather are affecting the greater Lancashire area, with 70,000 trees, 30 acres of woodland and 1,970 acres of moorland in Anglezarke destroyed.

Spokesman for the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service John Taylor told the Chorley Guardian that though the majority of the blaze has been extinguished, if even a small fire is not put out properly, wind could easily cause it to turn into a "raging" inferno once more.

To help, a helicopter was commissioned by United Utilities, with firefighters dampening down moorland in the Anglezark, as well as Belmont, to prevent further incidents.

Bryan Homan of United Utilities urged those in hiking boots in the area to act responsibly, since it is likely the fires started because of a disposable barbecue or a cigarette.

The Moorland Association last week criticised the Met Office for failing to categorise the large-scale fires as Extreme Risk, with chairman Edward Bromet describing the system as "pitifully inadequate".ADNFCR-2803-ID-800523779-ADNFCR