Major Incident declared as crews battle major grass fire on Saddleworth Moor

A Major Incident has been declared on the moors above Manchester, as fire crews battle with a huge grass fire on Saddleworth Moor.

More than 30 homes have been evacuated, and people are being advised to keep doors and windows shut. Those with asthma or other breathing problems should keep their medication with them at all times.

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Fires out at Saddleworth

Firefighters at Saddleworth Moor Credit: pa

One of the moorland blazes that firefighters have been tackling for three weeks is now out.

Manchester Fire service have confirmed that the blaze on Saddleworth Moor is now out and they have withdrawn all crews from the site.

Although with more warm weather forecast they have advised visitors to moorland to ensure they remain aware of risks - such as disposable barbeques and leaving litter that could cause new fires.


Army stood down from Saddleworth Moor

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Army troops assisting firefighters tackling a blaze on Saddleworth Moor were stood down on Friday after nine days of carrying out work including digging trenches in an effort to stop the fires spreading.

Around 100 troops from the Royal Regiment of Scotland have been involved in the operation but the order for military support will not be extended into the weekend.

We are extremely grateful to the Royal Regiment of Scotland troops for their support during this very challenging time and I want to thank them on behalf of the fire service and also the public of Greater Manchester.

– Deputy mayor of Greater Manchester Beverley Hughes


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Watch: Fires could "last for weeks"

The fires which have been sweeping across Saddleworth Moor could last for weeks unless there's a significant spell of rain.

That's the warning from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service on day 5 of the emergency.

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