This is the devastating consequences of Bradford Councils decision to end grouse moor management on Ilkley moor.
Yesterday a wildfire took hold, and from 2pm until dusk 90 firefighters were sent from all over the region to tackle the blaze.
Here are the worrying scenes from last night when the fire crews had to make the difficult, but only sensible decision to stand down until day light to continue.
Some local homes have had to be evacuated for safety.
With south winds forecast for today this will push the flames and smoke into the road and Ilkley town centre.
After the decision was made by Bradford council, they have not put any wildfire management plan into place... why not??
I urge people to have a word with local cllr Anne Hawkesworth to ask where is Bradford councils wildfire plan for Ilkey moor and what specialist equipment they have to control these wildfires?
When Bingley Moors partnership had the shooting lease they had a wildfire action plan and a sensible heather management plan in place, as well as specialist fire fighting equipment at hand and local knowledge and expertises at putting moorland fires out.
What an absolute waste of our resources when all this could of been avoided.
If the folk who are hell bent on getting all driven grouse moor shooting banned get there way it looks like this is what we have to look forward to.
It’s important to know that 42% of land within the Yorkshire Dales National Park are managed grouse moors.
Wildfires that are difficult to control due to unmanaged land are putting the general public at risk not to mention the devastating effects on our wildlife. A huge thank you must go out to all the brave firefighters 🏻
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