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Moorland fires update – July 4, 2018

Borough: All

Incident Date: 04 July 2018

July 4, 11am update:

At the moorland fire in Tameside crews and specialist officers are still working across the moorland in very challenging conditions. There are approximately 45 firefighters on the scene, using specialist equipment and vehicles to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire.

Firefighters are being supporting by two helicopters from United Utilities, which are continuing to dampen down on targeted areas, helping to prevent further fire spread, as well as the army – who will remain at the scene until at least Friday.

At the incident in Winter Hill, seven fire engines continue to support Lancashire Fire and Rescue, who also have 10 pumps at the scene, as well as specialist equipment such as a high volume pump and Polaris.


11am update: 

At the incident in Winter Hill, 14 fire engines from Lancashire Fire and Rescue service and specialist wildfire vehicles are working alongside seven fire engines from GMFRS and seven further appliances from Tyne and Wear, Lancashire, Shropshire and Nottingham fire and rescue services.

GMFRS have approximately 35 firefighters working in two of the five areas that are alight on the moorland, with a further six fire engines from Lancashire and Nottingham fire and rescue service supporting GMFRS firefighters. 

At the moorland fire in Tameside crews and specialist officers are continuing to work across five areas on the moorland. Crews are using specialist vehicles including four high volume pumps and a helicopter to dampen down the blaze from height and fight the fire.  

9am update: 

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), along with partner fire and rescue services and the military are continuing to deal with two large challenging moorland fires in Tameside and Winter Hill. Operations continued throughout the night at both incidents with the support from partner agencies.

At the moorland fire in Tameside, there are currently high volume pumps supplying water to upper areas of the moorlands making firefighting operations easier. There are approximately 45 firefighters at the scene, which is likely to rise with support from West Midlands, South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and West Yorkshire fire and rescue services.

Troops from the Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) will again support firefighters in Tameside as they continue to work across five sectors of the moorland fire. This provision will allow other GMFRS resources to be freed up to deal with other emergency calls. Firefighters are continuing to work in challenging conditions and intense heat using beaters and specialist wildfire equipment to tackle the flames.

At the Winter Hill incident in Bolton, 35 GMFRS firefighters are supporting 140 firefighters from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service – with the number of firefighters expected to rise during day time operations. Both incidents are very challenging due to locations and terrain. Crews are working exceptionally hard to fight the fires.  

GMFRS Area Manager, Jim Hutton said: “It has been a very busy night for our firefighters in Greater Manchester, and in addition to the moorland fires we have responded to a number of other incidents assisted by our neighbouring services, including a four appliance incident in Trafford Park, several house fires and a flat fire in Worsley. 

“I can’t thank our neighbouring fire and rescue services, partners and the community enough for their support over the past week.

“Whilst you are enjoying the World Cup this evening, please think of our crews who are continuing to tackle two major moorland fires. With this in mind, please don’t make their job any harder by leaving barbecues unattended or cooking whilst drinking alcohol.

“I would also urge people to take care around water – it may be tempting to cool off in a reservoir or lake but the even the strongest of swimmers can get into difficulties and there can be unknown hazards underwater.”

Last update: 04/07/2018 10:59:12
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