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Incident Date: 09 May 2016
FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a huge moorland fire involving around 50 hectares of land in Stalybridge.
Crews were sent to Carrbrook just before 9pm last night (Sunday, May 8, 2016) after North West Fire Control (NWFC) received more than 70 calls reporting the blaze.
At the height of the fire, six fire engines were on the scene along with the Wildfire Firefighting Unit using Forced Air Firefighting Units and beaters to extinguish the flames.
Crews used a Ultra High Pressure Lance to spray a water mist over the grassland in order to protect it from brands and jets were used to wet the nearby buildings.
The fire was quickly brought under control and crew left the scene in the early hours, with officers returning at first light this morning to make an assessment and no signs of fire were found.
Group Manager Phil Nelson, who was in charge of the incident, said: “At its height, the fire was around 500-600m wide and the flames were leaping into the night sky, which made for quite a spectacular scene.
“There were a lot of the local community in attendance, so we reassured them and gave advice.
“We were able to attack the fire from the road, meaning we didn’t have to go on to the moorland itself. We were assisted by the local gamekeeper, who provided a lot of knowledge.
“A crew from Mossley went back this morning and spoke to the gamekeeper and they were able to confirm the fire was properly out.
“We would just ask people to be vigilant when on the moors in the hot weather and if they see a fire, they should contact us as soon as possible.
“Also, people should always be careful how they dispose of smoking materials when on moorland.”
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