Fire crews are battling a serious moorland blaze close to Greater Manchester.
Dramatic photographs posted to social media present an enormous column of fireside and billowing smoke. Firefighters from Derbyshire and surrounding areas have been scrambled to the scene above Tintwistle in High Peak, Derbyshire.
It’s understood crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are additionally on the scene. According to experiences, the world of moorland concerned spans round 400 metres sq. between Tintwistle and Crowden, off the Woodhead Road.
It’s the second moorland blaze within the space in as many weekends, with a blaze breaking out in Derbyshire at Tintwistle Low Moor final Saturday.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service issued an alert this week warning of a rise in ‘important moorland fires’ throughout the UK within the first three months of the yr. “Since the beginning of 2022 there have been 48 significant moorland fires, with 20 occurring over the first warm weekend of 2022,” mentioned the service.
Wild Fire Lead for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Station Manager Mark King mentioned: “With the arrival of the warmer weather that is predicted to continue through April, we are already seeing an increase in significant wild fires so we must act to protect our countryside and moorland across the Peak District.
“Fire can unfold quickly over dry grasses and thru deep seated peat bogs, that means firefighters are tied up for extended durations of time with the potential to trigger a knock-on delay in responding to different life danger incidents throughout the county.”