Firefighters say heavy rain has helped them deal with large fire on Saddleworth Moor

Credit: Eddie Hill

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say heavy rain has helped them deal with a large fire on moorland in Oldham.

Firefighters were called at 2:20pm on Tuesday June 2 to Holmfirth Road in Oldham, by the Dovestone Reservoir.

At its height more than 50 were at the scene. People who live near by were told to keep windows and doors closed because of smoke.

Crews say that throughout the night, heavy rain has helped to extinguish the fire.

The rain is forecast to continue this morning and once it stops an assessment will be made on what fire services resources are needed at the scene.

A wildlife officer remains at the scene.

It's the third large grass fire to have broken out in a matter of days. Credit: Eddie Hill

Areas of the moorland are still recovering after unprecedented fires burned two years ago.

Crews in Greater Manchester spent three weeks tackling a huge sprawling wildlife on Saddleworth Moor which broke out in June 2018 and covered an area of around seven square miles at its peak.