Rain aids moors fire­fight­ers

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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