A Hundred Soldiers Are Heading To Saddleworth Today As Fire Blazes For The Fifth Day

The Ministry of Defence has released a statement


Around 100 soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and an RAF helicopter are on their way to Saddleworth Moor this morning to support Great Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The Saddleworth Moor fires have been blazing for five days, with homes in the vicinity evacuated and smoke visible from surrounding areas.

Image: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

This morning, the Ministry of Defence said it was sending around 100 troops to help tackle the blaze.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "I pay tribute to our Armed Forces’ professionalism, dedication and sense of duty.

"They are proving once again that Britain can always depend on our troops to protect us no matter the time, no matter the place, and no matter the problem.

"The troops will deploy overnight from their barracks in Catterick. Operating out of a nearby Army Training Centre, they will assist the effort to control and reduce the fire, undertaking tasks such as the management of water lines, fire beating and providing general support where required."

The RAF helicopter will arrive this morning to help airlift heavy equipment to areas that are difficult to access from the ground, the MoD confirmed.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Dave Keelan, said: “We have been liaising with a military advisor on the scene and following those discussions we have requested military assistance from the Ministry of Defence and those discussions are ongoing.

“There’s still a lot of smoke from the fire but air quality levels are being monitored regularly in different locations.

Image: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

“Air quality is currently at a safe level and therefore residents have been let back into their homes.

“We don’t know the cause of this incident at this stage and it would be very difficult to ascertain the cause due to the extent of the damage but we will be looking into that once we have tackled the fire.”

Four schools in the area were closed due to the close proximity to the site.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said this was a 'worrying' situation, but community strength has been 'amazing'.

Public Health England released a statement about health effects of inhaling smoke.

A spokesperson said: "Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.

"Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

"If people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

"Individuals with heart or lung diseases such as asthma should ensure they have access to their medication and seek medical advice if their symptoms worsen."

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