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Firefighters tackle Saddleworth moorland blaze

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 10 April 2015


MORE than 50 firefighters have extinguished a blaze involving up to 1,000 square metres of land at Saddleworth Moor in Oldham.

Fire engines were sent to Holmfirth Road, Greenfield, at around 1pm on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Five fire engines from across Tameside and Oldham were sent to the scene and a further five from elsewhere in Greater Manchester later joined the operations.

Members of the public were asked to avoid the nearby Dovestones Reservoir – a popular location for families during the Easter holidays.

The area involved in fire was split into sectors for crew to deal with and various specialist vehicles and pieces of equipment were used to bring the fire under control.

Around 30 firefighters used beaters and a jet to extinguish the flames.

Oldham Mountain Rescue Team and local RSPB staff also provided supported at the incident.


FIREFIGHTERS are appealing to people to stay away from Dovestones Reservoir in Oldham while they tackle a large moorland fire.

Five fire engines from across Tameside and Oldham have been called to the blaze which is affecting around 300 metres by 100 metres of moorland near to Alderman Rocks.

The crew are using specialist wildfire fighting equipment and appliances and a specialist wild fire officer is on the scene.

Station Manager Phil Nelson said: “It’s the Easter Holidays and Dovestones is very popular with local families - the car parks and roads in the area are very congested.

“The public can help us by staying away from the area, so that emergency service vehicles can access the fire more easily.

“Our crew are working alongside Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, who are helping transport firefighters to the scene of the blaze and RSPB staff who are providing us with some invaluable local knowledge.

“The firefighters have found a water supply on the moor and are making good progress in tough conditions.”

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:40
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