At around 4.20pm yesterday, Friday, firefighters were called to reports of a fire in the open on Highlands Road in Runcorn.

On arrival the crew discovered a small fire which they extinguished using a hose reel jet.

Firefighters then searched the wider area and discovered multiple seats of fire.

They have set up a water supply and are using a hose reel jet to tackle the fires and a rake to turn over moorland.

Two fire engines are in attendance - one from Runcorn and one from Widnes.

Update at 6.15pm:

Firefighters are making good progress and have relocated to a second patch of hotspots.

This incident will be updated as more information becomes available