Fires on the moors…

Huge plumes of smoke cut across the clear spring sky as I drove home on Thursday, heralding fires on the heather moorlands between Rishworth and Littleborough. At first I thought it might’ve been the managed fires used by gamekeepers to trigger new growth of the heather which young grouse love so much, but as I crested a hill and looked across the valley I realised these fires were out of control.

Lots of fire appliances were parked up across three sites between Rishworth and Todmorden, dozens of firemen trying to beat down the flames and limit the spread of the fires. We’d had several dry weeks and a light wind was enough to fan the flames across tinder-dry moorland: wild birds circled in distress and the heady smell of smoke hung in the air around them. I wanted to take some shots of the fire, but caution ensured I didn’t venture too close in an attempt to capture the view. Better safe than singed…

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth.

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