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Winter Hill fire aerial pictures show what firefighters face at Rivington

Posted on - 28th June, 2018 - 6:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
The flames are clearly visible on Rivington moorland Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
The flames are clearly visible on Rivington moorland Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

These pictures show the wall of smoke and flames facing firefighters on Winter Hill.

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60 firefighters from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Manchester Fire Service have combined to try to beat back the fire. 12 fire engines are at the scene.

There’s a 500-yard stretch of fire which goes from the Winter Hill mast to the Rivington Pike.

Aerial footage, from the fire service’s drone, shows the extent of the fire and smoke can be seen from Preston and Manchester.

Read more: Hot weather warning issued for Preston and Lancashire

The fire service has called in the police helicopter for support, and nearby homeowners have been advised to keep windows and doors shut while the flames are tackled.

Another aerial view showijng the scale of the fire Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Another aerial view showijng the scale of the fire Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Rivington saw another moorland fire, on a different stretch, during Monday (27 June).

Update: Fire service say they want to contain fire by ‘nightfall’

The fire began around 4.30pm on Thursday (28 June) as Preston and Lancashire continue to see temperatures of more than 30 degrees.

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