A fire has broken out at a West Yorkshire reservoir this evening, promting a large-scale emergency operation.

Firefighters and police have been scrambled to Digley Reservoir - a popular Kirklees beauty spot near Holmfirth.

Smoke could be seen rising from the vicinity of the main car park at around 6.30pm.

Digley Royd Lane remained closed shortly before 7pm as emergency services dealt with the incident.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

One onlooker said: "There looked to be lots of smoke and firefighters were tackling the flames with a couple of large jets. There's been a bit of concern recently about lots of people going to the res and some of them take barbecues, so that might be the cause I guess.

"We've not had any significant rain for ages and the ground is tinder dry, so I'm thankful the fire service has got here before the surrounding moorland went up."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Around two weeks ago, drivers were branded 'selfish idiots' after their bad parking stopped a fire engine from using a narrow road near Digley Reservoir, which sits just within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park and was used as a filming location for Last of the Summer Wine.

The parking problem started a debate as to whether the two car parks at the reservoir should be reopened to alleviate the need for people to park on nearby country lanes. The car parks reopened recently, with Yorkshire Water warning visitors to take their rubbish home and not to light barbecues.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The incident comes just a day after another major emergency incident at a reservoir elsewhere in West Yorkshire.

On Friday, emergency services were called to Tingley amid reports that a young girl had got into difficulty while swimming and needed assistance to get out of the reservoir.

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and is expected to make a full recovery.