29 fire Engines now fighting Winter Hill fires

Leroy Wright
July 4, 2018

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) tweeted an appeal for donations for the crews: "We are in urgent need of the following at Stalybridge Community Fire Station, SK15 1RF: - Sun cream - Insect repellent - Baseball caps - Pairs of socks, thick and thin".

Global has tweeted a photo of the situation, saying: "We're so grateful to the members of the emergency services who are working hard to try and put out the fires approaching the Winter Hill Radio & TV transmitters in the North West".

Along with the Winter Hill fire, it has covered the region in smoke and ash.

There were approximately 120 personnel on the moors, split between seven areas of wildfire in Tameside and Winter Hill, Bolton.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) declared a major incident on Sunday morning after the Winter Hill wildfire merged with a separate hillside fire to the northwest of Bolton due to strong winds.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire, but people living nearby have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed by Public Health England.

Assistant chief fire officer Dave Keelan said: "This is an exceptionally challenging time and I am proud of the hard work and fearless commitment of our firefighters".

The fire started on Sunday, June 24, amid Britain's heatwave and has devastated a large area of moorland.

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Engines from Wales, Nottinghamshire, Tyne and Wear, Humberside, Cumbria and Warwickshire have joined their colleagues from Lancashire and Greater Manchester at the scene.

Chorley MP, Sir Lyndsey Hoyle, made an impassioned plea for people to stay away from the area and also shared his fears that the fire could spread to Anglezarke.

"Thursday is similar and any showers would be isolated and fleeting".

Area commander Simon Barry, of West Midlands Fire Service, said: "We are committed to giving Greater Manchester Fire Service whatever support we can during this intense period of activity on Saddleworth Moor".

With no rain forecast for the coming week in Lancashire, dry conditions are expected to prolong the effort.

Ms Roberts added that "winds are likely to pick up overnight, but unfortunately not enough of a breeze to fan things".

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