Moorland fires update - Friday 29 June 2018

Moorland fire update from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: 29 June 2018

Key messages:

  • Crews continue to face extremely challenging conditions but have made good progress
  • 21  fire crews are still up on the moors at Tameside, plus specialist units (slightly increased from 17 earlier – just for some extra support)
  • We’re really grateful to other fire and rescue services, agencies and the military who’ve been supporting
  • We are really stretched, as are our neighbouring fire and rescue services, so please take extra care to protect yourself from emergencies.  Advice is available at or @manchesterfire 
  • Please continue to avoid the area if possible so we can do our job
  • Thanks for all the donations – please only send non-perishable items as we have minimal refrigeration 
  • Control room is getting lots of calls – please only call us in an emergency

Other incidents:

The Winter Hill fire is now down to 16 pumps – crews from Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria are in attendance (no Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service).  

Yesterday we had a number of other serious incidents including:

  • Large fire involving wooden pallets at a commercial premises on Moss Bridge Road in Rochdale at 11.30am. A total of eight fire engines were sent to tackle the fire after it spread to an adjoining building. Firefighters used an aerial appliance along with four jets to extinguish the fire and crews were on the scene all day and into the evening.
  • Shortly before 3.30pm we supported police with a water incident at Audenshaw Reservoir after a man got into difficulties in the water. Despite joint efforts from the emergency services he sadly passed away.
  • Wildfire on Scout Road in Bolton through the night which required six fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service still has three fire engines there.


It’s now the fifth day this fire has been burning and fire crews have continued to work in extremely difficult conditions to limit the fire spreading.

Today we are being supported by officers and specialist equipment from Northumberland, West Yorkshire, South Wales, Cheshire and Gloucestershire, and we’ve got support on standby from Merseyside. Once again we are being supported by military personnel.

The military support is currently available to us until tomorrow (Saturday) evening and today we will be reviewing whether or not to extend that support past tomorrow.

We are very grateful for all the support from other fire and emergency services and agencies.

All personnel were withdrawn from the moors when it went dark last night with crews remaining at key locations to maintain visual checks on any further outbreaks. They began firefighting again on the moors from first light and were joined by military personal form around 7.30am.

We still have five separate incidents up on the moors and a total of 17 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service appliances across those areas with support from other services and specialist units.

Yesterday afternoon a fire broke out on Winter Hill; Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service had several appliances on the scene supporting Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service late into the evening.

Lancashire is now leading on that incident with support from neighbouring fire and rescue services and we currently don’t have any appliances there.

Yesterday there were a number of serious incidents across Greater Manchester which put a real strain on our resources (see above).

We are expected to remain on the moors continuing to fight the fire for some time to come.

We have received an overwhelming amount of support from members of the public and local businesses who have been supplying water and food – the drop off point for donations remains Stalybridge Fire Station where we have volunteers from across Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the Combined Authority who are driving supplies up to the crews.