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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Fire chief: Saddleworth blaze is 'belt of fire'

10 fire engines are at the scene. Credit: Manchester Fire and Rescue

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.

The conditions facing emergency services are described as Credit: GMB

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'Major Incident' declared as unprecedented moorland fire rages on

People are being advised to keep doors and windows shut because of smoke from the flames. Credit: Kyle Jack Davies

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.

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Fire latest:Police issue emergency number for anyone who needs a safe place to go

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.

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LATEST: 50 firefighters battling Greater Manchester Moorland fire

The fire near Stalybridge has been burning on and off for two days Credit: Heywood Community Fire Station

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:

Approximately 50 firefighters, specialist officers and three wildfire units are tackling the blaze on the moor in very challenging conditions. Our crews are working tirelessly to fight the fire and we are utilising a number of tactics to reduce the scale of the blaze.

“We have a helicopter deployed to drop water in challenging areas that cannot be accessed on foot which is helping to reduce the scale of the fire. We are also working alongside Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who are fighting the fire on the other side of the moor.

“Firefighter and partner safety and welfare is a priority for us. Conditions are really arduous on the moor and we are ensuring crews are rotated and are given relief breaks.

“I would like to thank all of our crews and partners for all their hard work so far in tackling this challenging incident. We will continue to fight the fire for the rest of the day and into the evening but I want to reassure the public that we are working closely with partner agencies at United Utilities and the Peak District to ensure our crews are tackling the fire in the safest and most efficient way.”

– Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service

People living near major moorland fire urged to keep windows closed

The fire near Stalybridge has been burning on and off for two days. Credit: Heywood Community Fire Station

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.”

Photos: smoke fills Tameside valleys after major grass fire

The fire was out by Sunday evening, but reignited throughout Monday due to the hot, dry weather. Credit: ITV News

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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