Wild fires start in Leeds following heatwave

By Amelia Riley

Extreme weather conditions saw wild fires starting in Leeds on Monday.

As temperatures raked up to 37 degrees celsius on Monday afternoon, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue attended 53 incidents across the county.

Sunbathers reported a smoke cloud at Primrose Valley Park and fire crews confirmed attending a 50-metre grass fire in Killingbeck at Sutton Approach.

Smoke clouds prevailed over the city along with smoke from BBQs in parks and gardens as the hot temperatures started wild fires.

“The ground is so dry with this heat it doesn’t take much for it to quickly go up,” an eyewitness said.

According to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the biggest fire that was attended to was visible from White Rose Shopping Centre on Dewsbury Road.

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