Winter Hill fire expected to continue for several days

Posted on - 2nd July, 2018 - 12:07pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News
Firefighters use a hose to battle growing flames as a press officer has to step in to help.

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

Approximately 120 fire fighters are currently tackling the Moorland blaze, which has been recorded as a major incident.

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’.

Read more: Watch what firefighters have faced on Winter Hill

Plumes of smoke were first seen from the hill on Thursday (28 June) afternoon.

A number of small moorland fires have also been started by people near to Winter Hill, including one in Chorley quickly put out by fire crews.

A firefighter lay exhausted on the ground, just metres from the fire, as her colleague continued to battle flames.

At midday on Saturday 30 June, the fire accelerated due to increased wind speed causing one single fire.

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

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

Police have now issued a warning for people to stay away from the area and have been dealing with a range of incidents at the scene, including ‘fire tourists‘.

Some people have driven to the scene to record the incident on mobile phones, blocking access for emergency vehicles, others have been flying drones over the moorland and one walker collapsed at the scene while trying to reach the site.

Residents in areas affected by smoke are advised to stay indoors, keep doors and windows closed and tune in to the local radio station.

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

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