Moorlands fires: two more blazes in Peak District prompting calls to leave BBQs at home

  • Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Crews were called to two moorlands fires in the Peak district over the Easter Weekend.

The first incident required six crews at Rushup Edge near Castletown, in Derbyshire, on Saturday afternoon.

Peak District rangers and mountain rescue teams also helped prevent the blaze from spreading and harming pregnant ewes nearby.

Derbyshire crews were first called to Rushup Edge on Saturday when fire spread across seven acres of farmland Credit: Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was started by a disposable barbecue, after witnesses recalled seeing people cooking by a footpath.

The barbecue was found at the scene of the fire, and the fire service tweeted urging people to leave their barbecues at home.

Crews from Hathersedge and Bradwell were called to a second fire on Sunday afternoon in Upper Padley. Smoke was visible from a distance but the fire was kept under control.

It comes after six fire crews tackled a blaze at Birchen Edge in Baslow on Tuesday 30 March, where 1 hectare of bracken and grassland was destroyed.

The incident was the first moorlands fire in the county this year, on the hottest day of the year so far.

  • Footage from Tuesday 30 March in Balsow, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

If you see or know of anyone having a BBQ or campfire in the moors let FireStoppers know anonymously on 0800 169 5558.

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