Lancashire fires declared a major incident

Firefighters tackle a wild fire on Winter Hill near Bolton. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Firefighters tackle a wild fire on Winter Hill near Bolton. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Around 10 crews fought the flames overnight until Lancashire fire service resumed "full firefighting operations" at around 4.30am Sunday.

Lancashire Police warned members of the public to avoid Winter Hill as the fires raged on, but one man had to be rescued after collapsing at Pike Tower.

He said: "A fire of this magnitude impacts regional air quality, reservoir water quality, and moorland wildlife".

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Dave Russell, said: "This is a developing, aggressive fire at the moment which is presenting us with a number of challenges".

"The actions of these individuals is reckless and unsafe".

West Midlands Fire Service's Organisational Learning and People Development department announced the operation on Twitter.

West Midlands Fire Service's assistance is part of a national mutual aid to support the major incident.

- Firefighters in northern England launched a "large-scale attack" on a new moorland blaze July 1, 2018, as emergency responders continued to battle another nearby wildfire that has been burning all week.

A major incident was declared on Saturday after two large-scale moorland fires merged due to increasing wind speed.

Flames across Winter Hill have been pushing the fire service to the limit during the past week.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have issued 26 fire engines from across the country and believe they will remain fighting the fires for "several more days".

"We have made good progress and will be back out on the moors at daybreak".

The fire near Stalybridge, Tameside, began on June 24 and reignited the following day before rapidly spreading.

GMFRS tweeted that it had been an "extraordinary weekend".

"We don't know the cause of the Tameside incident yet".

Fire brigades from all over the country, including Nottinghamshire, Humberside, Tyne and Wear amd Warwickshire have travelled to the North-East to help with the effort.

With little rain forecast for the area, officials have warned it could be weeks before they bring the blazes under control.

"On Wednesday, there is the potential for showers in that vicinity but it could be a one-off, isolated and unlikely to hit the area".

'Thursday is similar and any showers would be isolated and fleeting.

With no rain forecast for the coming week in Lancashire, dry conditions are expected to prolong the effort.

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