CREWS from Bentham, Grassington, Settle and Skipton fire stations are continuing to help colleagues across the border at the unprecedented wild fires on Winter Hill in Lancashire.

Reports suggest the moorland fires, on the borders of Chorley and Blackburn with Darwen, were brought under control at the weekend, but Craven crews will continue to make the daily journey to provide support until at least tomorrow (Wednesday).

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service first received a request for help on June 30 from the Lancashire fire service and have been helping out every day since.

Crews from Skipton and Tadcaster were the first to be deployed, taking with them an ArgoCat, a six wheeled all terrain vehicle, capable of going almost anywhere.

Since then, they have been going to Winter Hill every day and are expected to continue to provide support up to at least Wednesday.

Station manager Tony Peel said “Crews from all four fire stations in Craven have attended the wildfires in Lancashire on Winter Hill, crews have assisted colleagues from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in protecting property and infrastructure in the area, the ArgoCat is a formidable piece of kit on the moor carrying personnel, equipment and water to the fire front. "

Mr Peel added that although crews would be deployed from Craven for the 'foreseeable future' fire cover in the area had not been affected.