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Major wildfire spreads across Greater Manchester

27 June 2018

MORE THAN 30 homes have been evacuated following a major wildfire, which continues to spread across the countryside in Greater Manchester.

Late on Tuesday evening (June 26), Greater Manchester Police declared the fire a major incident. Around 34 homes in Calico Crescent, Carrbrook, were evacuated due to their proximity to the fire. There were no reported injured and everyone was accounted for.

Firefighters have worked through the night to keep the flames at bay and at first light this morning, offensive firefighting on the moors has recommenced. As of this morning (June 27) there were a total of ten fire engines on the scene – including appliances from Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. There are multiple fires on the moorland, stretching an area of 6km.

Throughout yesterday there were nine fire engines and two Wildfire Units in attendance, with support from various partner agencies. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) also used a helicopter over the area which dropped water onto the fire. 

Speaking at a press conference this morning, GMFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Leon Parkes said: “A major incident was declared late last night by Greater Manchester Police due to the scale of the incident and the need for close multi-agency working. 

“We are reassessing the scene this morning and will be formulating tactical plan for today. Our fire crews have been working in tremendously difficult circumstances and I would like to thank all of our firefighters, partners, volunteers and the public for their support and hard work throughout this incident. 

“Currently we have up to 50 firefighters in attendance with support from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and two wildfire units covering an area of 6km. Air samples have been taken by our partners in multiple areas and the air levels are safe. If you are affected by smoke in your area, please close your windows and doors as we continue to fight the fire today.

“Last night homes 34 homes were evacuated as a precaution in the Calcio Crescent area, all of whom are all staying with friends and family. We are doing all we can to get those evacuated back into their homes today.” 

You can see a video of the fire below.