Firefighters are now battling FIVE separate moorland wildfires

Firefighters are now battling three separate moorland blazes in the North of England, as well as one in Scotland and a fifth in Northern Ireland.

Across Yorkshire and Derbyshire in the past 24 hours, fires have broken out at Delph near Saddleworth Moor, Marsden Moor and Tintwistle in Derbyshire.

This afternoon another large wildfire, one front of which is now six miles long, sprang up near a wind farm in Moray. And a moorland blaze in County Down which started on Sunday continues to burn.

After night fell tonight, firefighters in breathing apparatus continued to try to fight the the Marsden Moor fire

After night fell tonight, firefighters in breathing apparatus continued to try to fight the the Marsden Moor fire

After night fell tonight, firefighters in breathing apparatus continued to try to fight the the Marsden Moor fire

Specialist wildfire units have been drafted in to help the dozens of crews currently trying to put out the flames across Yorkshire

Specialist wildfire units have been drafted in to help the dozens of crews currently trying to put out the flames across Yorkshire

Specialist wildfire units have been drafted in to help the dozens of crews currently trying to put out the flames across Yorkshire

Firefighters on Marsden moor light their way by torchlight while behind them the fire rages across a wide front

Firefighters on Marsden moor light their way by torchlight while behind them the fire rages across a wide front

Firefighters on Marsden moor light their way by torchlight while behind them the fire rages across a wide front

One recent fire was started, firefighters believe, by a £2 barbecue but has already caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damafe

One recent fire was started, firefighters believe, by a £2 barbecue but has already caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damafe

One recent fire was started, firefighters believe, by a £2 barbecue but has already caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damafe

Earlier today helicopters poured tonnes of water down across the moors onto the flames and to soak surrounding heather

Earlier today helicopters poured tonnes of water down across the moors onto the flames and to soak surrounding heather

Earlier today helicopters poured tonnes of water down across the moors onto the flames and to soak surrounding heather

The village of Uppermill on the outskirts of Oldham is on the edge of Saddleworth moor and residents can see the flames on hte horizon

The village of Uppermill on the outskirts of Oldham is on the edge of Saddleworth moor and residents can see the flames on hte horizon

The village of Uppermill on the outskirts of Oldham is on the edge of Saddleworth moor and residents can see the flames on hte horizon

The Saddleworth Moor fire is bearing down on the outskirts of the village of Uppermill as fire crews fight the flames

The Saddleworth Moor fire is bearing down on the outskirts of the village of Uppermill as fire crews fight the flames

The Saddleworth Moor fire is bearing down on the outskirts of the village of Uppermill as fire crews fight the flames

As Easter Monday drew to a close residents of Uppermill stood in the streets to watch the flames crawl closer to their homes

As Easter Monday drew to a close residents of Uppermill stood in the streets to watch the flames crawl closer to their homes

As Easter Monday drew to a close residents of Uppermill stood in the streets to watch the flames crawl closer to their homes

Specialist wildfire units have been drafted in to help the dozens of crews currently trying to put out the flames across Yorkshire.

Helicopters are also providing water air support to the ground crews, scooping up thousands of gallons of water from nearby reservoirs and dropping it onto the flames.

Dramatic video footage shows thick smoke billowing from the hills on the Oldham/West Yorkshire border.

The latest fire, which is between Delph and Denshaw, broke out just before 2pm today.

Smoke billows into the sky over Marsden moor where a fire believed to have been started by a barbecue continues to burn

Smoke billows into the sky over Marsden moor where a fire believed to have been started by a barbecue continues to burn

Smoke billows into the sky over Marsden moor where a fire believed to have been started by a barbecue continues to burn

This evening there were three different areas of moorland ablaze and dozens of fire crews attempting to fight the flames

This evening there were three different areas of moorland ablaze and dozens of fire crews attempting to fight the flames

This evening there were three different areas of moorland ablaze and dozens of fire crews attempting to fight the flames

The blaze is covering 300 hectares of moorland and the trust said it is now paying £2,000 per hour for a helicopter to help more than 50 firefighters at the scene

The blaze is covering 300 hectares of moorland and the trust said it is now paying £2,000 per hour for a helicopter to help more than 50 firefighters at the scene

The blaze is covering 300 hectares of moorland and the trust said it is now paying £2,000 per hour for a helicopter to help more than 50 firefighters at the scene

A helicopter drops gallons of water from a bucket on to fires below as they continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A helicopter drops gallons of water from a bucket on to fires below as they continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A helicopter drops gallons of water from a bucket on to fires below as they continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Fires continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, this morning

Fires continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, this morning

Fires continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, this morning

The helicopter is filling its wattle reserve from a nearby reservoir before flying over the flames to drop the water

The helicopter is filling its wattle reserve from a nearby reservoir before flying over the flames to drop the water

The helicopter is filling its wattle reserve from a nearby reservoir before flying over the flames to drop the water

A helicopter drops gallons of water from a bucket on to fires below as they continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A helicopter drops gallons of water from a bucket on to fires below as they continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A helicopter drops gallons of water from a bucket on to fires below as they continue to burn on the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The National Trust which owns the area said it was costing more than £2,000 an hour to hire the helicopter to fight the flames

The National Trust which owns the area said it was costing more than £2,000 an hour to hire the helicopter to fight the flames

The National Trust which owns the area said it was costing more than £2,000 an hour to hire the helicopter to fight the flames

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said as it stands, the blaze is not part of the Marsden fire, which has already engulfed 300 hectares of moorland.

For the time being the two remain separate but firefighters warned they have the potential to become one incident if the flames spread.

Two other wildfire units have been sent to Huddersfield Road in Delph, while Greater Manchester Fire and Rescure has three additional crews helping firefighters on the ground in Tintwistle, which along with the Marsden fire broke out on Sunday.

Crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester were called to on Marsden Moor, near Saddleworth, on Sunday night to tackle the burning glassland.

But by this morning the fire was continuing to burn amid another day of soaring temperatures, with firefighters and the National Trust planning to review the situation as ‘flare ups’ continued.

Smoke hangs thick over the moors today after a barbecue is believed to have started the first of what are now three fires

Smoke hangs thick over the moors today after a barbecue is believed to have started the first of what are now three fires

Smoke hangs thick over the moors today after a barbecue is believed to have started the first of what are now three fires

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Fire crews were called to Marsden Moor, near Saddleworth, after a barbecue was believed to have started the huge blaze

Fire crews were called to Marsden Moor, near Saddleworth, after a barbecue was believed to have started the huge blaze

Fire crews were called to Marsden Moor, near Saddleworth, after a barbecue was believed to have started the huge blaze

Meanwhile this afternoon firefighters were called to tackle a large wildfire near a wind farm in Moray.

Crews were alerted to the blaze near Paul’s Hill wind farm, close to Aberlour, at 2.58pm on Monday. The blaze is on three fronts, with one front now stretching for six miles.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it has sent nine fire appliances and two water carriers to the scene.Two wildfire units, a command support unit and a welfare unit have also been dispatched to the area.

A service spokesman confirmed the incident was ongoing on Monday evening, and said crews were being assisted by estate workers. There are no reports of any casualties.

The incident comes on the day when Scotland recorded its warmest Easter Monday on record, with a high of 24.2C recorded at Kinlochewe in Wester Ross shortly after 4pm.

And in Northern Ireland a huge fire which broke out at around 8.30pm on Sunday on the Mourne Mountains in County Down continues to burn.

More than 50 firefighters responded to battle the blaze, which was more than a mile long. Guests at a nearby caravan park and residents on Tullybrannigan Road were evacuated.

It is believed the original fire broke out from a disposable barbecue at Easter and Close Gate at the entrance to the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

It is believed the original fire broke out from a disposable barbecue at Easter and Close Gate at the entrance to the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

It is believed the original fire broke out from a disposable barbecue at Easter and Close Gate at the entrance to the Marsden Moorland near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester firefighters work to stop the blaze moving further across the protected moorland park

West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester firefighters work to stop the blaze moving further across the protected moorland park

West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester firefighters work to stop the blaze moving further across the protected moorland park

Acres of grassland have been left scorched by the fires, the sixth set to attack the Marsden Moor area this year according to the National Trust

Acres of grassland have been left scorched by the fires, the sixth set to attack the Marsden Moor area this year according to the National Trust

Acres of grassland have been left scorched by the fires, the sixth set to attack the Marsden Moor area this year according to the National Trust

Updating nearby residents last night, Marsden Moor National Trust confirmed that the blaze had been caused by a BBQ near Easter Gate.

‘Fire update: fire is still burning. National Trust staff and West Yorkshire Fire Service meeting at first light to review situation,’ the Trust posted on social media.

‘Helicopter on standby. This fire was caused by people using a BBQ at Easter Gate!’

Beginning yesterday evening, firefighters battled through the night in a bid to contain the flames, which have caused an estimated £200,000 worth of damage.

Police said they had confiscated five barbecues from people near Dovestones on Easter Sunday.

Last week marshals had to extinguish a barbecue which had become ‘out of control’ at the beauty spot.

A helicopter is has been spotted dropping water from a nearby reservoir on to the scorched earth near Marsden.

A trust spokesman said: ‘At present it is estimated that an investment of more than £200,000 in restoring this special habitat has been lost.

Smoke billows up from the ring of fire engulfing the moor. Smoke can be seen for miles around and police have closed A640 Denshaw to Huddersfield Road in both directions because of fire and smoke

Smoke billows up from the ring of fire engulfing the moor. Smoke can be seen for miles around and police have closed A640 Denshaw to Huddersfield Road in both directions because of fire and smoke

Smoke billows up from the ring of fire engulfing the moor. Smoke can be seen for miles around and police have closed A640 Denshaw to Huddersfield Road in both directions because of fire and smoke

A spokesperson for the National Trust said that the cost in damage was believed to be in the region of £200,000, and that the helicopter used for dispensing water over the land was costing £2,000 per hour

A spokesperson for the National Trust said that the cost in damage was believed to be in the region of £200,000, and that the helicopter used for dispensing water over the land was costing £2,000 per hour

A spokesperson for the National Trust said that the cost in damage was believed to be in the region of £200,000, and that the helicopter used for dispensing water over the land was costing £2,000 per hour

In a shocking statement, police revealed yesterday that they had confiscated a further five barbecues from people near Dovestones on Easter Sunday trying to visit the Moors

In a shocking statement, police revealed yesterday that they had confiscated a further five barbecues from people near Dovestones on Easter Sunday trying to visit the Moors

In a shocking statement, police revealed yesterday that they had confiscated a further five barbecues from people near Dovestones on Easter Sunday trying to visit the Moors

‘We’re devastated to see the destruction caused.

‘The deployment of the helicopter itself costs the National Trust, a conservation charity, £2,000 per hour.’

Craig Best, lead ranger for the National Trust at Marsden Moor, said: ‘We would really encourage everyone please not to enter the moorland, go for a walk, have a picnic on the moorland with a barbecue and we would especially request that people extinguish cigarettes.’

This was the sixth fire on Marsden Moor this year and National Trust officials set to meet fire officials this week to discuss the situation.

Three people have been arrested over a separate fire which started on Ilkley Moor

Three people have been arrested over a separate fire which started on Ilkley Moor

Three people have been arrested over a separate fire which started on Ilkley Moor

A helicopter dumps water from a nearby reservoir across the scorched earth on the well-known Saddleworth Moor area of Yorkshire

A helicopter dumps water from a nearby reservoir across the scorched earth on the well-known Saddleworth Moor area of Yorkshire

A helicopter dumps water from a nearby reservoir across the scorched earth on the well-known Saddleworth Moor area of Yorkshire

The head ranger of the Marsden Moor National Trust has warned people not too go onto the moors or attempt to use barbecues or smoke cigarettes due to the highly flammable condition of the grassland

The head ranger of the Marsden Moor National Trust has warned people not too go onto the moors or attempt to use barbecues or smoke cigarettes due to the highly flammable condition of the grassland

The head ranger of the Marsden Moor National Trust has warned people not too go onto the moors or attempt to use barbecues or smoke cigarettes due to the highly flammable condition of the grassland

The blaze seen last night on top of the Moor that has now spent hours burning through the rural landscape

The blaze seen last night on top of the Moor that has now spent hours burning through the rural landscape

The blaze seen last night on top of the Moor that has now spent hours burning through the rural landscape

Marsden Moor near Saddleworth is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a  Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation

Marsden Moor near Saddleworth is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a  Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation

Marsden Moor near Saddleworth is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation

There are currently eleven crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester fire services on the moorland, which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.

West Yorkshire fire crews also remain on Ilkley Moor to battle another fire which started on Saturday and had spread to over 25,000 square metres of moorland.

Three men aged 19, 23 and 24 have been arrested in connection with the fire and remain in custody.

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