Firefighters tackle yet another blaze above Oldham

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 24 April 2019

Any thought of a respite for members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service who’ve spent their Easter weekend tackling fires on Moorland above Oldham and Tameside have been dashed after yet another blaze started last night (Tuesday 23rd April).

Around 50 crews were called to Knott Lane above Delph at around 9.21pm following reports of another fire starting on moorland above the town.

Pictures have been posted across social media showing the extent of the fire, which appears to have been just yards away from people’s homes and businesses.

Greater Manchester Fire Service were forced to close a number of roads while they battled to bring it under control.


At its height seven fire engines were at the scene of the latest in a long line of moorland fires which has hit the area over the course of the last few weeks and months.

During Easter Sunday crews from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester were called to Marsden Moor to tackle a fire which The National Trust claimed had been started by a barbeque.

Following that fire a number of others then began across Diggle, Denshaw, Delph, Uppermill and Stalybridge with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service also being called to deal with a blaze near Tintwistle.

Delph Fire 1

Prior to the latest fire above Delph Greater Manchester Fire Service had said they would be scalling back the number of crews they had at those fires, however when they would actually leave the moors isn’t known.

A number of road closures remain in place today (Wednesday 24th April).


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