Fire crews will launch a "heavy attack" to combat a vast moorland blaze which led to the evacuation of a number of homes.
Pockets of fire continue to burn across a six-kilometre area of Saddleworth Moor on Wednesday as 50 firefighters work in "tremendously difficult conditions" to contain the situation amid the ongoing heatwave.
Among the affected areas is the village of Carrbrook, in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, where 34 households in the Calico Crescent area were evacuated on Tuesday night as a precaution when strong winds pushed flames near their properties.
A major incident was declared and the Army remains on standby as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) put in a plan of action to douse the fire which initially broke out on Sunday afternoon before it reignited the following day and has since worsened.
Leon Parkes, GMFRS assistant chief fire officer, said:
Mr Parkes added:
A local MP has shared the following statement:
In Carrbrook, the morning sun struggled to break through with smoke still hanging thick in the air and ash floating to the ground.
Paula Tootell, who lives in Calico Crescent, said her neighbours were evacuated while she was told by police to keep her windows and doors shut and stay inside until they were told to move out as the flames raged nearby.
Ms Tootell said:
It is thought that affected residents stayed with family and friends last night, although accommodation assistance was offered by Tameside Council.
On Facebook, Greater Manchester Police's Saddleworth division posted that an estimated 2,000 acres of moorland had been destroyed in the fire which had spread as far as Tintwistle in Derbyshire.
Some 65,000 gallons of water had been dropped by helicopter by Tuesday afternoon to fight the fire which was "unprecedented in recent times and has been devastating to the moorland and the wildlife that live there", it added.
The exact cause of the blaze has not been established, said the fire service.