Wildfires erupt in Yorkshire and County Down causing evacuations

Mail Online | 4/21/2019 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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Wildfires erupted in Yorkshire and County Down causing evacuations as emergency services battled to bring the blazes under control.

As most people basked in Easter sunshine, firefighters tackled a large wildfire on Yorkshire's famous Ilkley Moor, and a blaze on the Mourne Mountains, in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Helicopter - Sunday - Tonnes - Water - Moorland

A helicopter was brought in on Sunday to drop tonnes of water onto the smouldering moorland just to the south of the town in West Yorkshire.

The helicopter was seen scooping water from a small nearby reservoir and dropping it on the scorched ground.

Blaze - Cow - Calf - Rocks - Point

The blaze was not far from the Cow and Calf rocks, which are the focal point of one of the most popular recreation areas in the region.

More than 100 firefighters tackled the fire in sweltering conditions at its height on Saturday afternoon.

Statement - Sunday - West - Yorkshire - Police

In a statement issued on Sunday, West Yorkshire police confirmed that arrests had been made in relation to the fire.

It said: 'West Yorkshire Police can confirm that three men have been arrested in connection with a fire on Ilkley Moor yesterday.

Men - Custody - Time - Enquiries - Fire

'The men, who are aged 19, 23 and 24, remain in custody at this time and enquiries are ongoing with the fire service to establish if this incident is linked to the larger blaze.

'The fire service are continuing to tackle the blaze and members of the public are advised to avoid the area.


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