Greater Manchester Police Declare Major Incident As Two Moorland Fires Merge

Roads have been closed in the area

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Fire crews across the North West are still battling two major fires that developed on moorland.

Greater Manchester Police declared a major incident on Saturday when two huge fires merged into one.

Two separate fires at Winter Hill and Scout Road, near Bolton, became one due to strong, increasing winds, the BBC reports.

Crews are still tackling the separate Saddleworth Moor fire in Greater Manchester that started last week, following dry weather and high temperatures across the North West.

Local areas have been advised by Public Health England to keep windows and doors shut due to smoke.

The Winter Hill fire started on Thursday, and a 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Leon Parkes, said: “We’re really grateful to members of the public, the local community and businesses who have been providing refreshments all week.

“It continues to be an extremely challenging time for GMFRS and conditions for our crews up on the moors are very difficult – we are doing everything we can to put this fire out but we will be here for some time to come.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said they had 22 fire engines in attendance at the scene, with work beginning once again in the early hours of this morning.

Meanwhile, Manchester fire crews are still tackling the blaze on Saddleworth Moor, which started a week ago.

Feature Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

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