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Wildfire – Dovestone Reservoir

Borough: Oldham

Incident Date: 20 April 2018

Update, 20/4/18, 13.00pm

Jon Aspinall, GMFRS’ Area Manager for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, said: “Three firefighters suffered very minor burns after fighting a complex fire in very challenging circumstances. They were treated by colleagues at the scene and did not require any further treatment.

 “Crews did a fantastic job in difficult conditions on the hottest day of the year so far.

 “I would urge people visiting areas of countryside and moorland to help prevent these kind of fires by making sure you always extinguish cigarettes properly; you take your rubbish away with you – particularly glass bottles that can reflect sunlight and start fires; and if using disposable barbecues you use them safely, never leave them attended and ensure they are fully extinguished and removed from the area before you leave.

 “Crews from Stalybridge and Mossley fire stations alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police will be providing safety advice about wildfires and general countryside safety to the public over the weekend.”


Update 8.00pm

The fire at Dovestone Reservoir is now down to one sector. There are three fire engines and one wild fire unit still in attendance, continuing to target any remaining hot spots.

There is also an air unit from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service along with Mountain rescue and United Utilities helping to extinguish the fire.

Incident Commander, Paul Fearnhead said: “The crews have done a fantastic job in tackling this fire, working really hard across a huge area in difficult circumstances.

“We have successfully stopped this fire from spreading to parts of the area that have undergone recent investment and we'll be here for another hour or so to keep our eye on the remaining pockets of fire.”


Update 18.40pm

Crews remain at the moorland fire which has now spread to roughly 2km x 2km. 11 fire engines are currently in attendance along with various specialist vehicles.

The fire is being fought from 2 sectors, one on each of its flanks as firefighters use specialist equipment such as forced air firefighting units to extinguish it.

Crews are being supported by mountain rescue teams and United Utilities helicopters to help bring it under control.

Please avoid the area around Dovestones Reservoir while we tackle the fire and keep windows and doors shut if you live nearby.


AT 2:39pm Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a fire in the open at Dovestones Reservoir, Bank Lane, Greenfield.

Six fire engines from Bury, Hollins, Chadderton, Mossley, Marple and Heywood along with three wildfire units are currently in attendance. Two helicopters from Oldham Mountain Rescue are assisting firefighters.

Firefighters are using forced air firefighting units and other specialist equipment to extinguish the fire which is 800m x 800m.

Please avoid the area around Bank Lane while we tackle the fire and keep windows and doors shut if you live nearby.

Last update: 20/04/2018 13:13:30
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