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Winter Hill moorland fire plumes of smoke seen from Preston

Posted on - 28th June, 2018 - 5:23pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Winter Hill as viewed from Preston, smoke can be seen from the city Pic: Stephen Melling
Winter Hill as viewed from Preston, smoke can be seen from the city Pic: Stephen Melling

Dozens of firefighters are being deployed to a grassland fire at Winter Hill.

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Plumes of smoke can be seen from Preston as the major landmark near the city is shrouded in smoke.

A moorland fire at Rivington was put out during Monday but another has now begun from around 4.30pm on Thursday (28 June).

It comes as Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the Army continue to battle the flames at Saddleworth Moor.

Read more: Aerial pictures show what fire crews face at Winter Hill

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service says it has ‘several appliances’ being sent to Winter Hill. A total of 12 fire crews are at the scene and working to stop the fire.

Another view of the moorland fire at Winter Hill Pic: Stephen Melling
Another view of the moorland fire at Winter Hill Pic: Stephen Melling

It is not known if it is the same patch of moorland that has reignited from Monday’s fire.

The police helicopter has been called out to support fire crews and the public are being advised to avoid the area.

Anyone living near Winter Hill has been told to keep their doors and windows shut.

This picture shows the fire from above, Yvonne Grime took it as her plane came into land at Manchester Airport.

An aerial view of the Rivington fire Pic: Yvonne Grime
An aerial view of the Rivington fire Pic: Yvonne Grime

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