FIREFIGHTERS have been tackling a moorland fire from the air.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service drafted in a helicopter to drop water on to the blaze near Wainstalls in Calderdale.
It collected water from Ogden Reservoir and dropped it on to the burning ground.
The blaze is believed to have been started deliberately.
It is the latest in a series of fires to hit the area’s moorland over the last few days and the second on the same moor since Saturday.
Firefighters from Brighouse were at the scene from 8am to 3pm yesterday.
A team of specialist wildfire officers successfully dealt with the fire, helped by equipment provided by Yorkshire Water, the Walshaw Dean Estate and other land owners.
Station commander Andy Newman, who is leading the team, said: “There has been very much a partnership approach to tackling this fire.
“The South Pennine Wildfire Operations Group allows us to share a range of equipment, resources and knowledge.”
West Yorkshire firefighters had a busy Bank Holiday weekend attending more than 150 incidents, 80 of which were fires in the open.
They also spent the weekend tackling moorland fires at Trough Lane in Denholme, and Longley Moors at Keighley.
The brigade took 300 fire calls.
The fire service is reminding the public that anyone found to have started a fire deliberately on a site of Special Scientific Interest faces a heavy fine.