Fire crews battling moorland blaze at Buckton Vale
Monday 25th June 2018 @ 12:39 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge Tameside

Local fire crews are currently tackling a large wildfire on moorland at Buckton Vale.

The fire originally started after 8pm last night and crews worked with a local gamekeeper to extinguish the fire after a couple of hours.

However, due to the hot weather, the fire reignited at around 7.50 am this morning.

Smoke plumes from the wildfire at Buckton Vale can be seen from across Greater Manchester. Photo: Martyn Nolan

In a statement issued at 12.15pm this afternoon, Station Manager Dave Swallow said: “The fire currently involves two square kilometres of moorland between the Buckton Vale and Dovestones areas. The land is well alight and crews are using Forced Air Firefighting Units, which are like industrial leaf blowers, and beaters to extinguish the flames.

“It’s a challenging incident for our crews due to the heat and the fact that the area involved in fire is around two miles from the nearest access point.”

There are currently two fire engines and two Wildfire Units, plus a number of officers, on the scene. Crews are expected to remain in attendance throughout the day and possibly into the evening.

Photos above by Martyn Nolan

Photos below by Richard Meftah