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Firefighters continue to tackle Winter Hill fire

Posted on - 3rd July, 2018 - 3:21pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Firefighters are using whackers to beat the flames on Winter Hill.

Firefighters from Lancashire and further afield continue to tackle the fire on Winter Hill.

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Plumes of smoke were first seen from the hill on Thursday (28 June) afternoon, and it was recorded as a major incident.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, have 28 fire engines at the scene.

Read more: What it’s like on the front line of the Winter Hill fire

Specialist appliances are also at the scene helping to tackle the blaze, along with wildfire fighting teams, helicopters, drones and mountain rescue units.

The lines of fire can be clearly seen from the M61 motorway near Bolton Pic: Chris Hough
The lines of fire can be clearly seen from the M61 motorway near Bolton Pic: Chris Hough

Chief Fire Officer at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Kenny, said: “We are working with colleagues in the emergency services, local authorities, public health and other partners to respond to this major incident jointly.

“The resources are continuing to protect the public and the vital infrastructure on top of Winter Hill.

“The fire is contained however the nature of moorland fires combined with the weather we are experiencing means that while we extinguish flames on the surface, peat underground continues to burn. We’re using water on land and from the air to douse areas that continue to smoulder below the ground.”

Read more: Watch what firefighters have faced on Winter Hill

A number of small moorland fires have also been started by people near to Winter Hill and emergency services are urging people to stay away.

Kenny continued: “We are urging members of the public to stay away from the Winter Hill area for their own safety and the safety of responders. People travelling to the scene, blocking access roads for emergency vehicles and flying drones hamper our response and compromise safety.

“Unfortunately we are also attending a number of wildfires in other areas of the county. My plea to residents and visitors when outdoors is that they take great care to prevent fires, particularly as this heat wave continues.”

Blog Preston joined firefighters on the front line of the Winter Hill fire.

Members of the public have been supporting officers by donating good including food and drink.

Kenny said: “The support from the public has been absolutely overwhelming. We’ve received enough donations to supply our crews for the foreseeable future and I’d like to thank everyone who visited our training centre in Chorley to drop off supplies.

“I’d also like to thank all those involved in this incident from Lancashire and beyond for their tireless work to protect the local community in extremely challenging conditions.”

What do you think about the Winter Hill incident? Have you been affected? Let us know in the comments below

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