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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WATCH: Military help fight massive moorland blaze

A hundred soldiers are being deployed to help fight the multiple fires that have been burning on Saddleworth Moor for four days.

Wing Commander Gary Lane from the RAF and Greater Manchester's Assistant Chief Fire Officer Tony Hunter have been explaining the massive operation:

Firefighters have been working through the night at the site above Stalybridge - which has been described as a "belt of fire".

An RAF helicopter is expected to arrive later to airlift firefighters and industrial water pumps to the top of the moors to tackle the difficult pockets of wildfire.

People are being urged to keep their windows shut today because of the increased air pollution.

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