Firefighters tackle moorland blaze above Oldham

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 13 May 2019

Fire crews from Oldham and Tameside have spent part of their weekend up on the moors once again tackling yet another grassland fire.

Firefighters were called up at around 7.40pm yesterday (Sunday 12th May) following reports of smoke seen billowing from grassland above Pot and Pans near Alderman Hill in Greenfield.

One eye witness, Alan Rigby, said he believed there was more than one fire: “Firefighters were in the scene very quickly.”

“There seem to be two fires. “

Meanwhile people have been asked to stay away from the area while crews deal with the blaze.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police in Saddleworth and Lees said: “We are already getting people arriving to ‘Have a look.’

“Please stay away from the area and narrow lanes so that the emergency services can get access and deal with this incident.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are advising residents in the area to keep their windows and doors shut.

A spokesperson for the Fire Service added: “We were called at 7.40pm to a moorland fire near Greenfield in Oldham.

"Fire engines from Oldham, Stalybridge and other specialist vehicles attended a fire involving four acres of moorland."

The fire is understood to be under control with crews using beaters to battle the flames.


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