Greater Manchester Police Declare Major Incident As Two Moorland Fires Merge
Roads have been closed in the area
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 fire on Winter Hill has now merged with the fire @manchesterfire were fighting on Scout Moor. We still have 10 fire engines and the fire engines from Manchester at the scene. We advise members of the public to keep clear of the areas for their own safety.— Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) June 30, 2018
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.”
We’re really concerned that members of the public are heading up onto the moors. We really appreciate your offer to help but public safety is a priority and we ask people to stay away. Keeping windows and doors closed due to the smoke is also advised. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/PbKYFApuIL— Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) June 30, 2018
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.
More than 100 GMFRS firefighters remain on the moors at the moment, though that will scale back overnight as darkness sets in.— Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (@manchesterfire) June 30, 2018
We have made significant progress throughout today in extremely tough conditions.
We will be back in force at first light, refreshed and ready to go.👊
Feature Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service