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.
Union says the growing risk represents "another strain on dwindling resources."
The massive moorland fire in Saddleworth is now being investigated as arson.
More than 100 firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to battle against 'unprecedented' moorland fires.