DATE: February 27, 2019
SNIP: Firefighters have contained a blaze that erupted on moorland in West Yorkshire in northern England, one of the three wildfires that broke out across the United Kingdom as temperatures hit record seasonal highs.
The fire, on Saddleworth Moor, burned throughout Tuesday night across about 1.5 square kilometers (370 acres) near the village of Marsden. Orange fire-line streaks and haze illuminated the dark sky.
Other fires broke out in Edinburgh, on the city’s famed Arthur’s Seat hill, and in the southern English county of West Sussex, in woodland immortalized by A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.
The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service blamed the “unusual warm weather this week in Sussex.”
Temperatures in parts of the UK reached 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) for “the first time in winter on record,” Britain’s national weather service, the Met Office, told CNN.