Hatfield Moors fire- incident updates

02.06.2020- 3pm

Firefighters have been working hard down at the site again today.

The fire is under control and firefighters are now searching the area for any remaining hotspots to extinguish.

The advice remains the same though, to stay away from the area if possible.

If you do go out into the countryside please remember:

  • Don’t have BBQ’s
  • Make sure cigarettes are disposed of properly
  • Take your rubbish home with you

01.06.2020- 4pm

There is no major change at the incident, firefighters continue to tackle the fire on Hatfield Moors this morning, with four fire engines still at the scene.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue continue to work closely with Doncaster Council and other organisations to bring the incident to an end as soon as possible.

The message from the current incident commander is:

  • Please do not go for a walk on Hatfield Moor – the whole area is the site of an operational incident.
  • Leave the BBQs at home
  • Be extra careful when disposing of cigarettes
  • Put litter in a bin or take it home with you

 

31.05.2020 – 4pm

Firefighters have made good progress at Hatfield Moors this weekend with some areas close to being fully extinguished.

Various fire services continue to support crews from South Yorkshire with expertise, equipment and specialist vehicles that are able to get to the places a normal fire engine can’t.

These firefighters, supported by staff from a number of other agencies, are working systematically and thoroughly to saturate the fire and make sure it is completely out before fire engines are pulled away.

Finally, the message around staying away from the moors is still very relevant.

30.05.2020 – 11am

There is no major update since yesterday afternoon – firefighters are continuing to work with a range of partner agencies to get this fire totally extinguished and protect as much of the rare, unique wildlife as possible.

We are continuing to ask members of the public to stay away from Hatfield Moors whilst crews do their work. We’re also asking that people take extra care when out and about to help prevent further incidents like this from happening in the first place:

  • Leave the BBQs at home
  • Be extra careful when disposing of cigarettes
  • Put litter in a bin or take it home with you

The map below shows the scale of the incident – the yellow, orange and white areas are where the fire continues to burn.

29.05.2020 – 4:30pm 

We still have several fire engines on scene and crews are continuing to keep the fire under control. Alongside other services and agencies, we are working hard to totally extinguish the fire.

As stated yesterday, this incident has now moved to a new phase and both fire service staff and partners are working well and tactical plans are proving effective. Fogging units remain in place and continuing to fight the fire that is in the hot spots. Our high volume pump remains in place to ensure a good supply of water at all stages.

Humberside will have two appliances overnight tonight and will also still be on scene tomorrow. We will remain on scene all weekend.

Our request for members of the public to stay aware from Hatfield Moors whilst we continue to work remains the same so that we can focus on the task in hand and to ensure your safety.

We are experiencing very warm weather at the moment and although the cause of this incident is not yet known, we ask that those people visiting the countryside anywhere in South Yorkshire this weekend should leave BBQs at home and dispose of cigarettes, litter, glass bottles safely to prevent further incidents like this one.

This map shows the scale of the multi-agency operation at the Hatfield Moor fire. It’s under control but not completely out yet. The white, yellow & orange zones are where the fires continue to burn.

28.05.2020- 4pm

Firefighters remain at the scene, but the fire is now under control. Multiple agencies and services are working together systematically to get the fire totally extinguished.

Over the next few days firefighters will be working hard to fully put the fire out with a view to hopefully scaling down the incident by the end of next week.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue are working with Natural England and Doncaster Council to protect as much of the wildlife and habitats as possible.

We are asking that members of the public do not go to visit the Hatfield Moors whilst we work there to allow us to focus on the task in hand and to keep you safe.

Whilst the cause of this incident is not yet known, people visiting the countryside anywhere in South Yorkshire should leave BBQs at home and dispose of cigarettes safely to prevent further incidents like this one.

 

28.05.2020- 9am

The blaze on Hatfield Moor has been going for more than 10 days and the incident has now moved to a new phase.

The incident is now under control and firefighters are working systematically to fully extinguish the blaze.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue have been working with partners and national resources to provide the most effective response possible to this incident.

As the incident moves into the next phase Natural England, who own the site, Doncaster Council and other responders are looking at recovery action and plans to achieve restoration.

The latest full statement on the blaze can be found here.

 

27.05.2020- 12pm

Firefighters remain at the scene of the incident, extinguishing remaining pockets of fire.

The fire is very deep seated and fire crews expect to remain at Hatfield Moors for several days to come.

26.05.2020- 5pm

People should continue to stay away from Hatfield Moors- it remains the scene of an emergency incident

Partners are working hard and working together to save as much of this important natural site as possible.

National resources, including high volume pumps and specialist advisors, remain on site to provide the most effective response possible to this incident.

Firefighters are tackling the fire systematically and methodically, but the nature of peatland fires means crews will be there for several days to come.

Methods such as fire breaks and ‘control lines’ are being used to contain the spread and save as much of the site as possible.

Whilst the cause of this incident is not yet known, people visiting the countryside anywhere in South Yorkshire should leave BBQs at home and dispose of cigarettes safely to prevent further incidents like this one.

26.05.2020- 11am

Firefighters are continuing to work systematically to fully extinguish the fire on Hatfield Moors, working closely with partners including Doncaster Council and Natural England.

Fire service national resilience assets, including two high volume pumps and tactical advisors from around the country, remain on site.

The public should continue to stay well away from Hatfield Moors, which is the scene of an emergency incident.

25.05.2020 – 6pm

South Yorkshire crews and colleagues from other agencies and services have been working hard today in difficult conditions to continue to extinguish the fire on Hatfield Moors.

The travel of fire is beginning to reduce in speed and the use of a specialist helicopter has significantly helped with this. Around half a kilometer of high volume extension pump is being used on scene alongside a number of small incident units to enable crews to get deep into the peat to reduce some of the burning.

Eight fire engines from South Yorkshire have been in attendance throughout the day alongside four engines from Humberside Fire & Rescue.

We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England, Scottish Power and the Environment Agency who remain on scene to provide specialist advice. Doncaster Council and Natural England continue to be heavily involved in the incident response.

The smoke in the area is quite light at the moment, but we do recommend that if you live nearby and can smell smoke that you keep your windows and doors closed. We will be remaining on scene throughout the night.

We would like to express sincere thanks to members of the public as we have seen a massive reduction in the number of people trying to access the moors today. Please continue to avoid the moors.

We appreciate that the moors are a much loved beauty spot and we are doing all we can to protect as much of this beautiful landscape and its wildlife.

25.05.2020 – 11 am

Despite warmer weather and difficult wind conditions, firefighters efforts are paying off and we are making very good progress with extinguishing the fire at Hatfield Moors.

At present, we have eight fire engines on scene to try and drench worse affected areas. Firefighters are making use of fire breaks to prevent the further spread of fire and the use of a specialist helicopter over the weekend has dramatically helped efforts on the ground.

Public Health England, Scottish Power and the Environment Agency are also on scene providing specialist advice. A range of other fire and rescue services have been in attendance since last week as well, offering valuable resources.

Doncaster Council and Natural England have been heavily involved in the incident response, working with firefighters to protect as much of the landscape, habitats and wildlife as possible.

Although we are seeing progress with this incident, the message to the public remains very clear- please stay away from Hatfield Moors whilst we continue to deal with the fire. The whole area is the site of an operational incident. Not only is it risky for members of the public, it drags emergency services away from their vital work.

We appreciate it is going to be a warm bank holiday across South Yorkshire today, but officers are advising residents to keep windows and doors closed if you are being affected by the smoke plume.

24.05.2020 – 4pm

Despite the challenging weather conditions, firefighters are continuing to make good progress at the Hatfield Moors fire.

The tactics deployed over the last few days, which include the use of a specialist helicopter to attack the fire from above and the use of fire breaks to prevent further spread, have continued to be in use throughout today.

Agencies involved include both South Yorkshire and Humberside fire services, Public Health England, Scottish Power and the Environment Agency. A range of other fire and rescue services have been in attendance, too.

Doncaster Council and Natural England have also been heavily involved in the incident response, working with firefighters to protect as much of the landscape, habitats and wildlife as possible.

The key messages from all in attendance remain the same:

  • Stay away from Hatfield Moors whilst firefighters do their work
  • Close windows and doors if you’re being affected by the smoke plume

24.05.2020 – 11am

Firefighters have made considerable progress at the Hatfield Moors incident, over the last 24 hours, as they work to get the fire fully extinguished.

The specialist helicopter and a number of high volume pumps will be in action again today, supporting crews from South Yorkshire, Humberside and a number of other fire services.

There continues to be a multi-agency approach to dealing with this incident and the message, to the public, continues to be really clear:

  • Stay away from Hatfield Moors whilst firefighters do their work
  • Close windows and doors if you’re being affected by the smoke plume

The wind direction is continuing to change and officers expect the smoke will start to head south as we go into the Bank Holiday.

23.05.2020 – 4pm

Positive progress has been made by firefighters at the Hatfield Moors incident today, despite the challenging wind conditions.

The multi-agency effort to tackle the fire is expected to run over the Bank Holiday weekend and into next week, with crews from South Yorkshire, Humberside and further afield being supported by a range of partner agencies.

Staff from Doncaster Council, Natural England, Public Health England, Scottish Power and the Environment Agency are all continuing to offer their expertise and support in order to protect as much as the local landscape and wildlife as possible.

A specialist helicopter and high volume pumps have again been in use throughout the course of the day, whilst bulldozers are being used to create fire breaks and stop further spread.

The smoke plume continues to head towards Epworth and Sandtoft and residents there are advised to keep windows and door closed as needed.

Beyond this the message to the public remains extremely clear – please stay away from Hatfield Moors whilst this fire is being dealt with.

23.05.2020 – 10am

The main update from the Hatfield Moors this morning is a change in wind direction. This means the smoke plume is currently heading towards Epworth and Sandtoft. Residents there are advised to keep windows and doors closed for comfort.

Beyond the smoke plume and changing wind, the situation remains the same as yesterday (Friday 22 May). Firefighters from South Yorkshire and Humberside, supported by a number of other agencies, will continue to work throughout the day to tackle this fire.

The specialist helicopter will again be dropping water from local lakes onto the fire. On the ground, bulldozers are being used to create fire breaks and high volume pumps continue to be in use.

With a warm weekend on the cards the service’s message remains the same – please stay off the moors.

22.05.2020 – 8.45pm

Crews are expected to remain on scene at the Hatfield Moors fire over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Firefighters from both South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, and Humberside Fire & Rescue, have been working hard to tackle the blaze since it started on Sunday 17 May.

They are being supported by a wide range of partner agencies including West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Natural England, Doncaster Council, Public Health England, Scottish Power and the Environment Agency.

A specialist helicopter has also spent the day dropping water, from local lakes, onto the fire. High volume pumps are being used to get more water onto the flames and bulldozers are being used to create fire breaks to prevent further spread.

“This is a complex incident but our firefighters are working extremely hard, supported by colleagues from Humberside and experts from a range of other partner agencies, to tackle this fire,” said Area Manager Andy Strelczenie.

“Whilst we do expect to be here for some time yet, we’d like to reassure local residents and the public that we will continue to do everything we can, supported by other public services, to get this fire extinguished as soon as possible.

“This is an area of immense natural beauty and, as well as working to get the fire out, we’re also working closely with the Environment Agency and Natural England to try and protect and preserve the local wildlife.”

The service’s message remains clear:

  • Please do not go for a walk on Hatfield Moor – the whole area is the site of an operational incident. Not only is it risky for members of the public, it drags emergency services away from their vital work
  • Keep your windows and doors closed, as much as possible, if you live nearby – different areas continue to be affected by the smoke plume due to changes in wind direction

22.05.2020 – 9.30am

Firefighters are continuing to tackle the fire on Hatfield Moors this morning, following the first call on Sunday 17 May.

The rain overnight has helped in the short term, but firefighters are still working hard to tackle the blaze.

A specialist helicopter, which was deployed yesterday, is expected to be in use throughout the course of today. Bulldozers are also being used to create fire breaks and prevent further spread.

The message from the current incident commander, Station Manager Adam Longden, remains the same:

  • Please do not go for a walk on Hatfield Moor – the whole area is the site of an operational incident. Not only is it risky for members of the public, it drags emergency services away from their vital work
  • Keep your windows and doors closed, as much as possible, if you live nearby – different areas continue to be affected by the smoke plume due to changes in wind direction

The service is being helped at this incident by a range of other organisations – including neighbouring fire services, the police, Doncaster Council and the Environment Agency.

21.05.2020 – 4pm

We were called to a fire on Hatfield Moors at 05:35 pm on 17 May.

Since then, we have had fire engines and firefighters from across the entire service attend the incident in a bid to tackle the fire. With support from neighbouring services, crews are doing all they can to extinguish the blaze.

A specialist helicopter has been drafted in to drop large amounts of water from designated lakes on to the vast area.

Our officers are continuing to remind local residents to close windows and doors when possible due to inevitable smoke in the area.

We are asking that members of the public do not go to visit the Hatfield Moors whilst we work there to allow us to focus on the task in hand and to keep you safe].

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