Video shows helicopter dousing 'devastating' Hatfield Moors fire

This video shows a helicopter collecting water to douse the huge Hatfield Moors fire in Doncaster, which continues to rage more than a week after the blaze began.

Monday, 25th May 2020, 3:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 7:04 pm

The remarkable footage of the chopper scooping up the contents of the River Thorne was shared by Andrew Smith.

The blaze broke out last Sunday, May 17, and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue today said it would once again be at the scene all day.

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Destruction caused by the fire at Hatfield Moors (pic: Natural England Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire)

“We've got a number of other agencies assisting us with specialist knowledge to help us protect as much wildlife as we can,” it said.

“It’s going to be hot today but please DO NOT visit the moors.”

The fire service added that despite warmer weather and difficult wind conditions, it was making ‘very good progress’ with extinguishing the fire.

“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,” it added.

A helicopter collects water to douse the huge Hatfield Moors fire in Doncaster (pic: Andrew Smith (@smith490_smith)

Nearby residents have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed due to the smoke.

Natural England Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire said: “The fire at Hatfield Moors has had a devasting impact on the habitats and wildlife of this internationally important site for nature.

“We are working hard to protect as much of it as possible with SYFR and partners. Please do your bit to help by staying away.”