JUST as firefighters were starting to be relieved from tackling the devastating infernos which have hit East Lancashire over the last week, a new incident was called in.

The latest grass fire, off the Grane Road, Rossendale, is the most recent in a spate of wildfires which have plagued the county’s countryside as the warmer weather has hit.

Six fire engines from Preston, Hyndburn, Blackburn, Darwen and Bacup were called to the scene shortly before 11pm on Tuesday. 

Throughout the night firefighters used hose reels and specialist vehicles to extinguish the blaze, which has now been brought under control. 

As of 7am on Wednesday morning, only two engines remained at the scene with crews damping down any remaining hot spots. 

A spokesman for the service confirmed that an investigation into the cause of the fire has now been launched. 

Two men were spoken to by police on Saturday evening after a fire which required attendance by around 60 firefighters, broke out on Darwen Moor. 

It is largely considered by fire services bosses that many of the fires experienced throughout the region were sparked by the use of BBQs and campfires.

The Darwen Moor fire is now under control however three crews remain at the scene. 

Likewise with another fire which broke out on Longridge Fell on Sunday which required the assistance of a further 60 firefighters, according to Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnson.

Just four appliances now remain at that scene. 

Issuing a plea to members of the public, he said: “We know that the fire in Darwen was caused by a disposable barbecue and we have seen evidence of several small campfires at the fire in Darwen.

“These dry and warm weather conditions, combined with a strong wind, makes it so easy for fires like this to spread and they quickly burn underground in the peat and over ground as well.

“We urge people to enjoy the moorlands but not light at barbecues or campfires.

“They are not only putting the individuals at risk who are lighting them, but they also harm our firefighters, other people enjoying exercise on the moors and the wildlife on the moors.”

Further warnings were issued to members of the public after a helicopter helping to extinguish the Darwen Moor blaze had to be grounded due to a drone being flown in the area.

Posting on Twitter a spokesperson said the drone was making it too dangerous for helicopters to fly over the site and drop water onto the smouldering land.

The spokesperson said: “Please avoid the area and keep drones away from the scene for the safety of yourself and others.”