Rain aids moors firefighters
Fire crews are scaling back their resources at huge moorland blazes after some much-needed rain.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been tackling fires in Tameside, Bolton and Denshaw for the last three weeks, with assistance from the military and mountain rescue.
Fires on Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill, near Bolton, were declared as major incidents as flames spread over dry ground.
GMFRS’ interim chief fire officer Dawn Docx said: “There is still a significant amount of work to be done at three ongoing moorland incidents as we continue to dampen down and then pack away miles of hose reels, so crews will remain at the incidents for another week or so and therefore we would ask the public to continue to avoid the area while we finish our work.
“Until firefighters are confident that there is no chance the fires can reignite, they will remain at each scene, continuing to dampen down.”