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Incident Date: 11 June 2015
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services are tackling a significant moorland fire on Winter Hill, Horwich.
Control operators were called about the blaze after a pilot flying over the moors spotted the fire and contacted air traffic controllers at 3.55pm today, Thursday June 11.
The fire is around a mile away from Georges Lane in Horwich and crews are advising local residents to stay away from the area and keep their doors and windows closed if their property is affected by smoke.
There are currently over 10 appliances (over 50 firefighters) at the scene along with various specialist equipment, including beaters, all terrain vehicles and firefighting fans.
The fire services are being supported by a number of other agencies as they tackle the fire. These include Bolton Mountain Rescue, United Utilities, GMP and Bay Search and Rescue.
Group Manager Dean Nankivell, who is the Officer in Charge of the incident, said: "In this warm weather the ground is extremely dry which creates a tinderbox effect and that means any fire can spread very easily.
"This wildfire currently spans an area of around 1km by 500metres, with various pockets of fire across the moorland and firefighters are working incredibly hard to surround it and stop it from spreading.
"It is particularly arduous work, the location means water is not easily accessible and crew use beaters to extinguish it and create breaks to prevent the fire from spreading.
"They are also trying to limit the impact on the environment and wildlife in the area.
"We would ask people to stay away from the area until the fire is out - and if you live locally to keep doors and windows shut.
"We are expecting to be at the scene for several hours."