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50 firefighters are still at the scene of a massive grass fire near Stalybridge in Greater Manchester.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Assistant chief fire officer Leon Parkes described the situation as "very difficult" - with crews facing a "belt of fire" spanning 6km.
A high powered pump was requested to treat area, with helicopters dropping waters from above.
The army is on standby to help after a further assessment this morning.
Tameside Council has confirmed school closures due to the ongoing fire on the moors above Stalybridge and Mossley.
The following will not open:
- Mossley Hollins High School
- Buckton Vale Primary School
The council says parents and carers have been informed.
A major incident has been declared after a huge fire on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester reaches its fourth day.
34 homes have been evacuated but there have been no reports of any injures.
It's feared 2000 acres of land has already been affected. A number of helicopters have been brought in and 65,000 gallons of water have already been used to try to stop the flames.
As seven homes are evacuated in Carrbrook near Stalybridge because of the serious fire on moorland Greater Manchester Police have issued this emergency number via Twitter.
Around 50 firefighters are continuing to tackle a large moorland fire in Buckton Vale, Greater Manchester.
Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service, said:
Firefighters who have been working to bring a major moorland fire under control in Tameside are warning people to keep their doors and windows shut.
The grass fire between Stalybridge and Dovestones today has "devastated" an area near Buckton Hill.
Crews say they are making good progress to bring the fire under control, but they are concerned about "a significant amount of low lying smoke".
Stalybridge, Carbrook, Greenfield and parts of Saddleworth are affected.
“Due to the weather conditions and there being a lack of wind, the smoke has settled so it is important for residents to keep doors and windows closed where there is any visible smoke.”
People living near the site of a moorland fire in Greater Manchester that's been burning on and off for two days were waking up to smoke this morning.
Eyewitnesses said the blaze near Stalybridge appeared to be dying out yesterday evening, but had reignited partially by nightfall.
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Union says the growing risk represents "another strain on dwindling resources."
The massive moorland fire in Saddleworth is now being investigated as arson.