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Firefighters tackle moorland blaze near Saddleworth
Wednesday 27th February 2019 @ 13:34 by Lee Wild
Mossley & Saddleworth News

Fire Crews from Greater Manchester and Yorkshire were scrambled to Moorland near Saddleworth on Tuesday [26 Feburary] night as a fire took hold.

Engines from Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, Todmorden, Meltham, Chadderton, Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe all attended with around 30 firefighters tackling the blaze.

When crews arrived around four sq kilometres of land was ablaze, with crews taking it in turns to trek around a mile from the road to fight the fire.

Station Manager Adam Greenwood said “It was one of the of the highest flame fronts we have seen with flames of up to two metres high and it was moving fast across the moorland.”

Thanks to the quick actions of the fire service no building had to be evacuated and the fire remained up to 500m away from Manchester Road.

The majority of the fire was out by 3am, but crews stayed on the scene to prevent another flare up.

Station Manager Greenwood added: “The fire looks to be out however moorland fires can easily reignite so it’s important that we monitor it closely.

“We have five pumps still at the scene along with two wildlife units to tackle any hot spots that might arise as the day goes on. We are also working with the National Trust and the Marsden Rangers who will remain at the scene with us. We expect to be at the moors for much of the day.”

Public Health England issued advice to local residents saying they should stay in doors with their windows and doors closed.

Photos courtesy of West Yorkshire Fire Service.