Emergency services battle through the night as huge moorland fire threatens homes
Wednesday 27th June 2018 @ 02:43 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

9:20am : 27 June

Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Derbyshire Fire Service continue to battle the fire that has taken over Saddleworth Moore.

It’s estimated at it’s height it covered an area of 6 sq kilometers.

Speaking at a press conference outside Greater Manchester Police headquarters this morning, GMFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Leon Parkes said: “A major incident was declared late last night by Greater Manchester Police due to the scale of the incident and the need for close multi-agency working.

“We are reassessing the scene this morning and will be formulating tactical plan for today. Our fire crews have been working in tremendously difficult circumstances and I would like to thank all of our firefighters, partners, volunteers and the public for their support and hard work throughout this incident.

“Currently we have up to 50 firefighters in attendance with support from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and two wildfire units covering an area of 6km. Air samples have been taken by our partners in multiple areas and the air levels are safe. If you are affected by smoke in your area, please close your windows and doors as we continue to fight the fire today.

“Last night 34 homes were evacuated as a precaution in the Calcio Crescent area, all of whom are all staying with friends and family. We are doing all we can to get those evacuated back into their homes today.

“Please avoid the area if possible, and if you are using the M60, please drive safely as this area may be affected by smoke.”

 

2am: 27 June

Emergency services are battling through the night to contain a raging fire across the moors that has forced some Carrbrook residents out of their homes.

Police declared a major incident and 34 addresses on Calico Crescent were evacuated at around 9.30pm on Tuesday evening as the blaze jumped towards properties, fuelled by the hot weather and light winds.

Saddleworth Fire Update

SADDLEWORTH FIRE: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue's Assistant Chief Fire Officer Russ Parkes gave us an update on the ongoing incident a short time ago.

Gepostet von Tameside Reporter am Mittwoch, 27. Juni 2018

One resident of Calico Crescent told the Tameside Reporter: “We’ve been evacuated but not told where to go. We can’t wait outside; all the firemen and police are walking round in masks, it’s so bad. We’re going to family and then maybe a hotel.”

Flames could be seen just yards from people’s homes but there have been no reports of damaged properties.

All those evacuated are accounted for although a Tameside Council helpline – 0161 342 2222 – has been set up to offer assistance for those who were evacuated. St James’ Church in Millbrook will be open throughout the night, offering shelter and refuge to those who may need it. Local residents donated sleeping bags and the use of their vehicles as the community rallied round those affected.

SADDLEWORTH FIRE – Rev. Chris Viney of St James’ Church in Millbrook has opened the church tonight to provide refuge to anyone affected by the fire.

Gepostet von Tameside Reporter am Dienstag, 26. Juni 2018

Dramatic images show the scale of the task faced by the fire crews, emergency services and other organisations as they battle to get control of the fire in extreme conditions. Parts of the fire are inaccessible due to the terrain and total darkness. It has covered parts of Buckton Vale, Dovestones, Tintwistle, Greenfield and Carrbrook- a total area estimated at around 7km. The army are on standby should their assistance be needed.

A thick layer of smoke is covering large areas of Tameside, with residents advised to keep all windows & doors shut and avoid the use of any air conditioning or ventilation systems.

The fire has now been alight for almost three days. It originally started on Sunday night but was put out by fire crews with the help of a local gamekeeper. However, it reignited on Monday morning and has devastated a huge area of moorland since.

SADDLEWORTH FIRE – An update from the fire that is still raging. The situation at Calico Crescent is under control, we’re now at Micklehurst Cricket Club where you can see the full extent of the blaze.

Gepostet von Tameside Reporter am Dienstag, 26. Juni 2018

Richard Meftah, a Top Mossley resident who captured some spectacular images of the blaze, said: “I’m blown away by the scale of the fire. We’ve lived here for twenty years and we get one every couple of months, but I’ve never seen anything like this.

“The smell from the smoke is really bad and you can see the ash falling.”

Mossley Hollins High School and Buckton Vale Primary School are both closed today (June 27th).

Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds posted on Facebook: “Thank you to the brave teams of firefighters who have worked non-stop for over 24 hours to control the moorland fire between Stalybridge, Mossley and Greenfield, in excessive temperatures. You are true public servants. If you can see the smoke, keep your windows shut. The cause is not yet determined as far I know, but this kind of destruction seems needless, heartbreaking and costly. My thoughts are with the landowners, the species affected, and all who enjoy using the land.”

For the second morning running, residents are set to wake to thick smoke and a dusting of ash.

Thick smoke covered large areas of Tameside, with health warnings issued to those affected.

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Richard Meftah

Richard Meftah

Richard Meftah

Richard Meftah

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