A MASSIVE wildfire has ripped across 50 acres of moorland in West Yorkshire as temperatures soared on the hottest day of the year.
Firefighters warned the blaze is “spreading rapidly”, with local residents told to stay indoors and keep windows closed.
Witnesses described the wildfire on Ilkley Moor as “like something from a movie” as dramatic photographs showed a wall of flames.
Firefighters were called to moorland above White Wells in Ilkley just after midday as Britain baked in temperatures of up to 25C.
Crews from 14 engines are using beaters, water backpacks and leaf blowers to fight the blaze.
At least 10 crews are understood to be staying at the scene overnight.
Martyn Hughes, a watch manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted: “The intense heat, steep slopes and rough terrain are causing the fire to spread rapidly whilst we try to get near the flames.”
Concerned residents shared images of the massive blaze on social media.
A Twitter user said: “Popped to Ilkley and it’s honestly like something from a movie.”
Another posted a photo of a cloud of billowing smoke, saying: “This is just one portion of the Ilkley Moor fire through the gaps in the trees opposite our house… it looks to be getting far worse.”
The Met Office said Easter Saturday was the warmest day of the year so far.
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The temperature hit 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire, at approximately 3.30pm, and the mercury could rise as high as 27C on Easter Monday, according to Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts.
She said: “The very warm sunshine continues right through the bank holiday weekend. We could still see more record-breaking temperatures tomorrow and on Easter Monday too.
“It is the hottest day of the year so far.”