Moorlands fire update and advice - Wednesday 27 June

Here is the latest update and advice on the moorland fires in Saddleworth and Tameside:

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service update:

  • Extremely challenging conditions – crews are working tirelessly in challenging conditions and intense heat
  • We’re really grateful to our partner agencies who’ve been supporting us, either by helping us tackle the fire or providing refreshments for crews
  • There’s still a lot of smoke – it isn’t believed to be harmful but if you’re in an area of smoke please keep your windows and doors closed if you can 
  • There are multiple fires on the moorland – spreading across an area of 6km 
  • Major incident declared late Tuesday night by GMP due to scale of the incident and the need for close multi-agency working
  • 34 homes were evacuated as a precaution in the Calcio Crescent area on Tuesday night, all of whom are all staying with friends and family We are doing all we can to get those evacuated back into their homes
  • We are reassessing the scene this morning (Wednesday 27 June) and will be formulating a tactical plan for today
  • We are currently being assisted by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Please avoid the area if possible, and if you are using the M60, please drive safely as this area may be affected by smoke.

Public Health England advice:

“Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.

"Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

"If people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Smoke can irritate air passages, the skin and the eyes leading to coughing and wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. It can also worsen existing problems such as asthma and people with asthma should carry their inhaler with them at all times.

"Anyone concerned about their symptoms should contact their GP or NHS Direct.

“Smoke is an irritant and can make eyes and throats sore - wash your face with soap and water and keep hydrated by drinking water. If you have any health concerns contact the NHS 111 service."

The key advice is:

• Avoid smoky areas
• If there is visible smoke stay indoors and keep your doors and windows closed.
• Limit the time you spend outdoors.
• If driving in smoky areas, keep your windows wound up and switch air conditioning systems to recycle or recirculate to prevent drawing in outside air.
• Individuals with heart or lung diseases such as asthma should ensure they have access to their medication and seek medical advice if their symptoms worsen.

Evacuations/closures:

On Tuesday night, Tameside Council announced a number of school closures as follows:

Mossley Hollins High School and Buckton Vale Primary School will be closed today (Wednesday 27 June 2018) due to the ongoing fire on the moors above Stalybridge and Mossley. Both schools have communicated the closures directly to parents and carers.

On Tuesday night 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.

Anyone who requires a safe place to go should contact Tameside Council on 0161 342 2222.

Smoke direction of travel 

Click here for the latest Forecase of Plume diagram, which indicates the direction of travel of the smoke.