The fire service has released shocking drone footage of a woodland blaze that is destroying hundreds of trees, as crews prepare to return to the scene this morning.

Crews tackling the fire also released images showing several campfires had been present in the area, although they do not believe these to be responsible for starting the fire.  

Just after 2pm on Sunday ten fire engines attended a fire on Longridge Fell at Old Clitheroe Road, Ribble Valley.

The number of appliances was reduced overnight to five, with five more pumps being sent to the incident this morning.

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A spokesperson for the fire service said: "Firefighters at the Longridge Fell fire have kept a watching brief overnight.

"This morning, the number of fire engines at the scene will increase from five to ten.

"Please look after the moors, this footage here shows the damage that fire can do."

On Sunday, residents in the area were advised to stay indoors as thick smoke carried by the wind affected houses and roads in the area.

Chris Rainford, who operated the brigade's drone said: "Really busy day for the drone today and pleased to say we made a real difference, especially up on Longridge Fell.

"The right tool for warning unseen crews on the ground that danger is on the way, as well as the usual situational awareness for Incident Command."

In the video, flames and smoke can be seen rising from the trees, as crews on the ground tried to battle the fire as best they could, using specialist equipment.

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Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnson took to Twitter to warn people against starting fires as the brigade tackled a busy weekend with fires on Winter Hill and Darwen Moors.

He said: "The two large moorland and forest fires currently have approx 50 Firefighters at Darwen Moor and approx 60 Firefighters Longridge Fell .

"The conditions are the same across the county.

"Please, no Fires and no barbecues."

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On Monday morning Clitheroe fire station also issued a warning.

A spokesperson said: "With several large incidents around the county at present it is important we all stay extra vigilant and avoid using disposable BBQs and dispose of smoking materials and rubbish responsibly."

At around 3.30pm on Monday, the fire had been largely extinguished.

The fire service spokesperson added: "We have nine fine engines at the scene at the moment and crews will be damping down for the rest of the day.

"We have come across evidence of several campfires although these are not responsible for starting this fire."

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