PEOPLE are being warned to take extra care when out and about on moorland and in the countryside as firefighters continue to tackle a blaze on Ilkley Moor.

Keighley firefighters are among crews from across the region still at the scene of the incident, near White Wells.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said this morning that 12 fire engines are in attendance.

Beaters and seven water jets are being used.

Crews have been joined by specialist wildfire units and a helicopter has been brought in to tackle the flames from the air.

The public is being asked to keep away from the area.

Advice to anyone planning to visit the countryside during the current warm spell includes:

◾Clear up and take your rubbish home after picnics

◾Observe all signs and notices - they are there for a reason

◾Follow the National Trust Countryside Code

◾Don’t leave glass bottles - not only can they hurt people and animals, but they can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire

◾Never be tempted to light a fire in the countryside and only barbecue in authorised areas

◾Never throw lighted cigarette ends onto the ground or out of the window of vehicles or trains. Always ensure that they are completely extinguished and disposed of responsibly.