Homes evac­u­ated as moor fire rages

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

A HUGE moor­land fire has forced peo­ple to spend the night away from their homes – as the Greater Manch­ester blaze con­tin­ues to spread.

The po­lice have de­clared the Sad­dle­worth Moor fire a “ma­jor in­ci­dent” and said the Army is on standby to step in.

Yes­ter­day, peo­ple i n the Cal­ico Cres­cent area of Car­rbrook, in Staly­bridge, Greater Manch­ester, were ad­vised to leave their prop­er­ties as fire­fight­ers bat­tled flames nearby.

The blaze started on Sun­day and reignited the next day amid Bri­tain’s heat­wave and has dev­as­tated land around Car­rbrook.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said 34 homes have been evac­u­ated so far as strong winds drive the flames closer to res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

The force tweeted: “We are in con­tact with the Army and they are on standby to help if we need them.”

Images posted on so­cial me­dia (above) showed bright orange flames light­ing the night sky, while smoke from the fire can be seen for miles.

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

Tame­side Coun­cil said that two schools – Moss­ley Hollins High and Buck­ton Vale Pri­mary – will be closed due to the on­go­ing fire.

Phil Nel­son, Greater Manch­ester Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice group man­ager for Tame­side, said: “Crews are still tack­ling this dif­fi­cult fire and are work­ing hard to con­tain the blaze and pre­vent fur­ther fire spread.”

Mean­while the mayor of Greater Manch­ester Andy Burn­ham thanked fire crews.

He tweeted: “Huge thanks to the GM fire­fight­ers work­ing flat out to con­tain this wor­ry­ing sit­u­a­tion.”

Speak­ing about the overnight op­er­a­tion to bat­tle the Sad­dle­worth Moor fire, Leon Parkes, as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer with Greater Manch­ester Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “Fire crews have been work­ing in tremen­dously dif­fi­cult conditions in the heat, smoke, work­ing with our part­ner agen­cies.

“We’ve taken soil sam­ples and the feed­back in re­spect of the smoke is that they’re at safe lev­els.”

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