A Third Moorland Fire Has Broken Out With Emergency Services Issuing A Warning To The Public

Fire crews are still tackling the blazes on Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moors

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Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to members of the public after a third moorland fire has broken out.

The wildfire broke out on Saturday afternoon (July 7) in Denshaw, Oldham, with crews from several stations working to tackle the blaze.

GMFRS’ Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Tony Hunter, said: “The three significant moorland incidents in Greater Manchester are unprecedented and they have drawn upon a large amount of our resources over the last couple of weeks, supported by a number of other agencies.

“Our firefighting activities have resulted in a large amount of hose, machinery and vehicles in the area, including helicopter activity, each of which bring their own hazards.

“However, members of the public are continuing to come up to the areas and we are now urging local people and walkers to please stay off the moorland in Tameside, Saddleworth and Bolton as we deal with these incidents.

“By walking on the moorlands close to where these incidents are, you are not only putting yourselves in danger but risk disrupting the work of our firefighters who are working tirelessly to put the fires out and keep local people safe.

“We want people to enjoy the sunshine but please find an alternative walking route, and steer clear from all three fires.”

Feature Credit: Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service

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