Huge fire on moorland above Darwen

Huge fire on moorland above Darwen

Burning grass on the moors. Photo: John Lenehan

A firefighter tackles the blaze. Photo: John Lenehan

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A HUGE fire blazed on the moors above Darwen this afternoon.

Firefighters were called to a fire to the the east of White Coppice, close to the town at 1.30pm.

When they arrived they found the fire was raging on two fronts, one 1km long and another 100m long.

Fire investigators were still to identify the cause of the blaze.

Five fire engines and 35 firefighters from Darwen, Bamber Bridge and Chorley all attended the scene, as well as a specialist appliance from Rawtenstall that ferried firefighters up and down the hillside.

Fire service spokesman Richard Edney said firefighters had liaised with rangers working on the land.

He said: “Because of the recent weather there is still a lot of grass in the area, which is unusual for this time of year.

“Grass burns very easily so the fire can spread very quickly.

“We don’t know what the cause is at this stage.

“It could be anything from a discarded cigarette to somebody burning rubbish or walkers lighting a bonfire.

“It was a nice day, though, so perhaps somebody has been out walking and dropped a cigarette that has caused the grass to set on fire.”

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10:09am Thu 28 Feb 13

Ian the Beancounter says...

The moors on fire around Darwen (although this was more Chorley than Darwen) usually heralds the start of summer!
The moors on fire around Darwen (although this was more Chorley than Darwen) usually heralds the start of summer! Ian the Beancounter
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1:24pm Thu 28 Feb 13

JohnR1 says...

Once again, LET deletes posts that criticise their reporting. Why don't you answer the criticism in Public and explain yourselves? Learn from your mistakes and stand up to your inadequacies.
Once again, LET deletes posts that criticise their reporting. Why don't you answer the criticism in Public and explain yourselves? Learn from your mistakes and stand up to your inadequacies. JohnR1
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6:51pm Thu 28 Feb 13

usinganame says...

Perhaps they think they are the News of the World and answer to no one or ... They are to busy allowing people to log in from large numbers of accounts and fake log ins who really need to get over their OCD MUCH and sit at their home or work computers rotting away 24/7 ...

Or, ignoring the above and encouraging those same posters to abuse their site. The fact they won't also makes you wonder why ... No doubt it's for the same reasons their reporting is sensationalist and on the while often inaccurate.

Maybe they'd also like to answer why certain stories on this site are the most shared but aren't the most read or commented on. HELLO. Can that be said any clearer. Work it out Telegraph.
Perhaps they think they are the News of the World and answer to no one or ... They are to busy allowing people to log in from large numbers of accounts and fake log ins who really need to get over their OCD MUCH and sit at their home or work computers rotting away 24/7 ... Or, ignoring the above and encouraging those same posters to abuse their site. The fact they won't also makes you wonder why ... No doubt it's for the same reasons their reporting is sensationalist and on the while often inaccurate. Maybe they'd also like to answer why certain stories on this site are the most shared but aren't the most read or commented on. HELLO. Can that be said any clearer. Work it out Telegraph. usinganame
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7:27pm Thu 28 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

Oh, mine was one of those deleted. The photograph on page 5 of today's LT clearly shows a fire on DARWEN MOORS, which is nowhere near White Coppice. If you're going to delete valid comments, it might be an idea to delete some of the inaccurate reporting, too.
Oh, mine was one of those deleted. The photograph on page 5 of today's LT clearly shows a fire on DARWEN MOORS, which is nowhere near White Coppice. If you're going to delete valid comments, it might be an idea to delete some of the inaccurate reporting, too. happycyclist
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8:03am Fri 1 Mar 13

burner says...

Seems to me there is more accuracy and validity in readers comments than what is written by those paid to produce a newspaper.
Seems to me there is more accuracy and validity in readers comments than what is written by those paid to produce a newspaper. burner
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