Firefighters from three stations tackle fire on Kinder Scout

Firefighters from three stations along with colleagues from partner agencies tackled a fire on Kinder Scout yesterday.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:41 am

Crews from New Mills, Glossop and Hathersage attended the deep seated fire in peat on Monday afternoon.

They were helped by colleagues from a number of agencies, including mountain rescue teams.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team’s drone section were among those asked to help out.

Firefighters from three stations attended a fire on Kinder Scout on Monday

On arrival, the team were asked to climb to the plateau and assist the fire crews in identifying the specific area on fire. The team deployed onto the hill and made their way towards the Woolpacks area, where the fire was thought to be.

On arrival at the fire site, they found that the fire crews already on scene had successfully extinguished the fire.

The team were then asked to launch a drone and look for hot spots, as well as photograph the area. They were also asked to help locate any water sources on the plateau.

With the area on the top of Kinder being extremely dry, further assistance was requested from Kinder Mountain Rescue Team to help with the transportation of water and fire kit to the scene.

Firefighters at the scene

National Trust wardens, gamekeepers and farmers also helped out at the scene.

Firefighters have dealt with a series of moorland blazes in recent weeks, many of which are believed to have been caused by disposable barbecues.

Speaking after a previous fire, a spokesperson for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Moorland fires not only destroy our beautiful countryside, they destroy vital habitat for our wildlife.

"They are labour intensive and take vital emergency services away from being available to respond to other emergencies.”