The moorland fire which has raged in Saddleworth and Tameside for more than a week is now being investigated as arson. Authorities warn that no fires should be lit on moorland, which is prone to catching fire, and to dispose of rubbish correctly, including glass bottles which can magnify the heat. He said pollution plumes have been detected in the centre of Manchester. Saddleworth Moor fire being investigated as arson, Manchester police confirm 'The scale of this fire is exceptional and we are treating it with the utmost seriousness' Specialist wildfire units have been … Experts warned that high levels of pollutants generated from the blaze could have a significant effect on people's health. With no rain forecast in the area for days, this is unlikely to change soon. The UK remains in the grips of a heatwave, and promises only to progress, with temperatures of 33C expected this week. Starting on 24 June 2018 and continuing throughout the summer, a record-breaking series of wildfires burned across the United Kingdom. According to their findings, the PM2.5 pollution from the fires increased the number of deaths brought forward by up to 165% (Saddleworth Moor) and 95% (Winter Hill), compared to if there were no fires. How did the Saddleworth Moor fire start? Fire chiefs said they were concentrating on putting the blaze out and would then carry out a detailed investigation into the cause. Firefighters take a break as they battle the blaze, Saddleworth homes in the path of the gaining fire, UK fire: Blaze rages in Yorkshire as Britain gripped by heatwave, BBC weather forecast: THUNDERY weather to end warm spell in Britain, UK weather forecast: ’It’s another SCORCHER’. The latest report from the Greater Manchester Police is that the cause of the Saddleworth Moor fire is being treated as arson. Saddleworth Moor fire: Army called in and residents struggle to breathe as toxic smoke sweeps over homes ... "We don't know the cause of this incident at … At 8.19pm on Sunday… July 4, 2018. A source told The Sun: “Everyone up here is blaming bikers for starting the fire. An area of around 1.5 square kilometres was burning after Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday The troops from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, were being sent overnight to join firefighters across Tameside, on the edge of Saddleworth Moor. The immediate reason, of course, is the peculiarly hot and dry conditions of the past few weeks. What caused the Manchester Saddleworth fire? The fire was ignited during record February heat as temperatures peaked in London’s … Dust devil spotted above site of where massive Saddleworth Moor fire burned 01:22. View our online Press Pack. British Army put on standby while firefighters battle four-mile 'BELT OF FIRE' For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, The blaze raged across Saddleworth Moor for days as firefighters tried to get it under control, Residents were evacuated from their homes as the Saddleworth Moor fire raged on, Troops join firefighters in the battle against the blaze on Saddleworth Moor, Homes evacuated and frantic families warned 'stay indoors' as Saddleworth Moor wildfire wreaks havoc, accused off-road bikers of deliberately starting the fire. Located in Greater Manchester, strong winds are expected to bring the fire closer to more residential areas. The exact causes of both the Rivington and Saddleworth fires have not been established, said the fire service. Locals claim scrambler bikers riding the moorland on Sunday triggered the initial fire near to Buckton Hill, which lies above the area. While we have had a run of a few warm days I suspect the cause of the fire may well be down to a careless passer by rather than spontaneous. The fires peaked on June 27 covering more than five square miles with flames reaching 12ft in height. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. According to their findings, the PM2.5 pollution from the fires increased the number of deaths brought forward by up to 165% (Saddleworth Moor) and 95% (Winter Hill), compared to if there were no fires. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have revealed that they are investigating reports that the devastating fire on Saddleworth Moor was an act of arson. The moor is in north-west England, taking its name from the parish of Saddleworth. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Some types of … A major incident has now been declared with the British Army on standby in to help tackle the huge fire on Saddleworth Moor. The inferno is thought to have been started by local bikers Credit: EPA. A number of schools have been closed today - Mossley Hollins High School, Millbrook Primary School and Buckton Vale Primary School will be shut. Jul 4, 2018. The fires have been severe enough to close schools for the day, as Tameside council reports Mossley Hollins High and Buckton Vale Primary close as a result. Police investigate arson link. Saddleworth Moor fire: North East experts issue safety advice as fire crews tackle vast blaze A Northumberland Wildlife Trust spokeswoman said "human error" can often be the cause … Other large fires broke out in Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and in the Vale of Rheidol in Ceredigion, Wales. Saddleworth Moor fire is finally extinguished after three weeks. The fire reignited on June 26 between Stalybridge and Dovestones. “Tensions are running high and people are saying the police need to get to the bikers before the landowners and gamekeepers do.”. Saddleworth Moor fire is out after more than three weeks. The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service blamed … THE knock-on effects of the devastating fires at Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor could lead to serious conditions such as asthma, lung cancer and infant mortality. The Saddleworth Moor wildfire has been caused by the heatwave as dry grass ignited on land near Tameside, Greater Manchester. Fire near Saddleworth Moor 'being treated as arson' Published 4 July 2018. Saddleworth Moor has forced evacuations on Wednesday morning following a devastating fire burning on the outskirts of Manchester. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said a "request to the military for extra support" was being prepared "so there is a back-up plan" to support firefighters and the military have been brought in. Saddleworth Moor fire in 2018 exposed 4.5 million people across the northwest of England to dangerous levels of pollution and increased the number of premature deaths by 165 per cent, study finds British scientists say pollution from wildfire has had a big effect on public health 4.5M were exposed to particles from the fire above […] The Saddleworth Moor fire was the result of the UK's current heatwave, with dry weather allowing the fire to … The Saddleworth Moor fire caused large scale devastation, while the bill to fight it hit seven figures. Air quality levels in the area are being monitored regularly in different locations with people in affected areas urged to follow advice from Public Health England and keep their windows and doors closed. The huge fire which has been alight on Saddleworth Moor for over a week is now being investigated as arson, Greater Manchester Police has said.. Police say witnesses reported that people were lighting a bonfire on the moorland above Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, on the early evening of Sunday June 24 – about 50 minutes before the first emergency call to raise the alarm. A gamekeeper had a row with them about going on private land before the fire started. The Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill fire was more than double the size of the previous most recent large fire at Swinley in Berkshire in 2011. Stalybridge fire – Huge blaze broke out on Manchester moors just eight months after Saddleworth inferno The fire appears to have started at about 9.30pm, with no … ... the root cause of the fire “will not be easy to establish”. Saddleworth Moor LIVE: Army drafted in to help tackle the fire as blaze rages on for a FOURTH day. The Saddleworth Moor wildfire has been caused by the heatwave as dry grass ignited on land near Tameside, Greater Manchester. Helicopter drops water to fight Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester 00:30. Published 18 July 2018. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Fire rages on Saddleworth Moor: in pictures Damage caused by the fire. The Trust says the most significant fire, on 21 April … About 100 soldiers and an RAF Chinook helicopter are due to arrive in Greater Manchester to help tackle a vast moorland blaze. The Saddleworth Moor fire in June 2018 was the largest UK wildfire in recent decades, with over double the burnt area of the most recent large wildfire in 2011, in Swinley, Berkshire (RBFARS 2011).It led to the evacuation of many residents from their homes, and caused elevated atmospheric pollutant concentrations across the Greater Manchester urban region (BBC). But that may not be the end of the story. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. The huge plume of smoke from the fire spread deadly PM2.5 particles, which cause irreversible damage to the lungs over time, to around five million people. Firefighters have been called to a grass fire on Winter Hill, just around 50km (30m) from the large blaze on Saddleworth Moor. Fire near Saddleworth Moor 'being treated as arson' Published 4 July 2018. See the latest updates, context, and perspectives about this story. The blaze is made up of a number of small fires over an area of moorland in Greater Manchester. Locals and workers in the moorland area ten miles east of Manchester have accused off-road bikers of deliberately starting the fire. From other local news sites. Low lying smoke gathered in the Carbrook, Greenfield, parts of Saddleworth and Stalybridge areas. and is located between Oldham in Greater Manchester and Kirklees in West Yorkshire. newspaper archive. Much-needed rainfall has helped the blaze die out, but officials warn hot weather means there is a risk of further wildfires. "We've been dealing with an escalating incident and we are trying to get on top of it now.". He said it had not been established what might have caused the fire. The impact of the huge fire could even be seen from space as Nasa satellites picked up the plumes of smoke. I have had lots of messages regarding the fire on Saddleworth Moor. Saddleworth Moor Fire 2 00:12. Advertisement and is located between Oldham in Greater Manchester and Kirklees in West Yorkshire. Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The moor is in north-west England, taking its name from the parish of Saddleworth. Carrbrook firefighters are on the streets as fires move within just 200 metres of homes. See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire on Saddleworth Moor following initial enquiries with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). Large swathes of moorland were destroyed in April in a series of fire believed to have been started because of a discarded barbecue. The moorland fire which has raged in Saddleworth and Tameside for more than a week is now being investigated as arson. The situation worsened on Saturday June 30, 2017 when two fires - on Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton - joined to create one inferno due to increasing windspeed and the searing heatwave. And The Peak District Moorland Group posted on Facebook: “Gamekeepers put out a fire on Sunday evening believed to be in connection with illegal off road bikes having forced entry to private land. Specialist wildfire units have been … Firefighters are yet to determine the exact cause, and are investigating as the fire continues to develop. The area, near Dove Stone Reservoir, is not far from the site of a severe fire on Saddleworth Moor in 2018, which raged for weeks. Keighley firefighter's disbelief as disposable barbecue causes moorland fire during coronavirus lockdown The research team used a computer model of the atmosphere to investigate the impacts of particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution from the fires on the population in the north-west of England to investigate the difference in pollution that occurred as a result of the fires. Saddleworth Moor fire in 2018 exposed 4.5 million people across the northwest of England to dangerous levels of pollution and increased the number of premature deaths by 165 per cent, study finds British scientists say pollution from wildfire has had a big effect on public health 4.5M were exposed to particles from the fire above […] An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire on Saddleworth Moor following initial enquiries with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), a … Saddleworth fire continues to ravage Manchester: What caused the blaze? While we have had a run of a few warm days I suspect the cause of the fire may well be down to a careless passer by rather than spontaneous. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. It began on Sunday, June 24 2018 before reigniting on … Despite a huge number of crews fighting the raging fire, the hot weather and tricky to reach location has made it tough to tackle. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. The exact causes of both the Rivington and Saddleworth fires have not been established, said the fire service. While the cause of the Ilkley Moor fire is not yet known, hot weather can lead to ‘tinderbox’ conditions for moorland areas where the grass is deprived of moisture and sets alight with ease. A small fire burns on Saddleworth Moor where firefighters are attempting to dampen down land to stop the spread of fire. The Saddleworth Moor fire caused large scale devastation, while the bill to fight it hit seven figures. No injuries had been reported by Wednesday morning and everyone was accounted for. No official cause has been assigned to the Saddleworth Moor fire, as fire crews are still investigating. Saddleworth Moor fires 00:56. Saddleworth Moor fire is finally extinguished after three weeks Much-needed rainfall has helped the blaze die out, but officials warn hot weather means there is a risk of further wildfires. "An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire on Saddleworth Moor following initial enquiries with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)." Just to let everyone know that the fire on Saddleworth has not reached our area of interest in the search for Keith. Dozens of their residents were evacuated from their homes last month after the fire spread rapidly thanks to the intense heatwave baking Britain. The authors also estimate the economic impact of the fires to be £21.1m. Saddleworth Moor LIVE: Army drafted in to help tackle the fire as blaze rages on for a FOURTH day. The blaze started on Sunday and reignited the next day amid Britain's heatwave and has devastated land around Carrbrook. Firefighters were initially called to fire … were evacuated in Calico Crescent in the village of Carrbrook, Stalybridge, on Tuesday night, SHOCKING drone footage shows UK wildfire over Saddleworth, Manchester fire declared 'MAJOR INCIDENT' as flames reach 20 feet. a major incident as it continued to rage on the moors. Residents in the local area were asked to evacuate their properties while the army remained on standby to intervene. The authors also estimate the economic impact of the fires to be £21.1m. The Saddleworth Moor wildfire has been caused by the heatwave as dry grass ignited on land near Tameside, Greater Manchester. So far the fire has been able to destroy over 2,000 acres of land, and has been described as “the biggest blaze in living memory”. The fire was declared a major incident as it continued to rage on the moors. There has been widespread speculation of what has caused the Saddleworth Moor fire in Manchester. The cause of the original seat of the fire … British Army put on standby while firefighters battle four-mile 'BELT OF FIRE' As a peat moor, the fire burns primarily underground before setting different parts of the moor alight, which makes it particularly hard to fight as well as releasing excessive smoke and reaching extremely high … As firefighters work to contain the blaze, people with known breathing difficulty, such as those who have asthma have been warned to stay inside with any pets. For other inquiries, Contact Us. AMID a scorching heatwave which is gripping Britain, a huge wildfire was sparked on Saddleworth Moor. order back issues and use the historic Daily Express Assistant chief fire officer with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Leon Parkes, said “This particular incident is vast - it's presented some real challenges to the fire and rescue service in terms of access, the conditions for firefighters, and obviously the wind encourages the fire to spread. The fire was declared a major incident as it continued to rage on the moors. The wildfire near Saddleworth Moor is fully out and fire crews have left the scene, the fire service has said. Saddleworth Moor fire LIVE: Latest pictures as heatwave sees wildfire spread. Residents in the local area were asked to evacuate their properties while the army remained on standby to intervene. The huge plume of smoke from the fire spread deadly PM2.5 particles, which cause irreversible damage to the lungs over time, to around five million people. Image: A helicopter drops water onto the fire on Saddleworth Moor. The Saddleworth Moor wildfire has been caused by the heatwave as dry grass ignited on land near Tameside, Greater Manchester. "Firefighters are faced with very difficult circumstances, intense heat and are working on challenging terrain.". Firefighters were initially called to fire … Hugh Coe, professor of atmospheric composition at the University of Manchester, said plume peak concentrations were "very high" and air quality close to the fire was "very poor". On Thursday, June 28, soldiers from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and an RAF Chinook helicopter joined the fire service in battling the wildfire. The large blaze has forced families from their homes as firefighters battled to get it under control - here's what we know so far. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Firefighters were initially called to … Huge plumes of smoke were seen rising from Saddleworth moor tonight as firefighters tackled another blaze. However firefighters continue to fight the fierce blaze raging through a 6km area. It is now covering an area in Buckton Vale that is 6km. Saddleworth Moor fire: Army called in and residents struggle to breathe as toxic smoke sweeps over homes ... "We don't know the cause of this incident at … At 8.19pm on Sunday… July 4, 2018. ... from burning plant matter and so the moorland fire was the cause. Tony Hunter, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We have no indication of rain forecast. The public is advised to take precautions to preserve their health and prevent any more wildfires from breaking out. A small fire burns on Saddleworth Moor where firefighters are attempting to dampen down land to stop the spread of fire. Firefighters on Saddleworth Moor have faced a number of issues, including the weather and the presence of peat, as they battle to get the blaze under control. Residents were warned to keep windows and doors shut where possible due to low lying smoke which filled the immediate area. Some 55 firefighters were still trying to quell multiple pockets of flames spanning up to 3.7 miles (6km) on Wednesday night. What caused the Manchester Saddleworth fire? There has been widespread speculation of what has caused the Saddleworth Moor fire in Manchester. After working with a local gamekeeper to put out the blaze in a couple of hours, the heat caused it to reignite two days later. I have had lots of messages regarding the fire on Saddleworth Moor. The RAF and the British Army have been called in to help firefighters battle 20ft flames on Saddleworth Moor as the blaze rages on for the fifth day amid a blazing heatwave in the UK. From other local news sites. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. The first moorland fire - on Saddleworth Moor - started on Sunday amid Britain's heatwave and has … Express. Just to let everyone know that the fire on Saddleworth has not reached our area of interest in the search for Keith. The Army was brought in to help fan back the flames and now firefighters fear the blaze could burn "for weeks". News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire on Saddleworth Moor following initial enquiries with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). “It appears that due to the conditions, the peat was smouldering underground which then reignited on Monday.”. The Saddleworth Moor fire started on the Stalybridge Estate, a grouse moor, and spread across a large area of the Pennines. Public Health England has advised staying indoors, drinking more water, and avoiding hot cars as ways to ‘beat the heat’. A wildfire burns on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, on Saddleworth Moor, near Marsden, England. The Saddleworth Moor fire has been described as the Saddleworth Moor fire is out after more than three weeks. The cause of the original seat of the fire has not been established. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. The Saddleworth Moor fire started on the Stalybridge Estate, a grouse moor, and spread across a large area of the Pennines. Published 18 July 2018. Assistant chief fire officer Dave Keelan said: "This is an exceptionally challenging time and I am proud of the hard work and brave commitment of our firefighters.". In "Breaking News" But it was the heatwave conditions which enabled the fire to spread so rapidly across 2000 acres of moorland. About 34 homes in a Carrbrook road were evacuated due to being close to the approaching fire. Advertisement The Saddleworth Moor fire was the result of the UK's current heatwave, with dry weather allowing the fire to ignite and grow. The two largest fires, which were declared major incidents, burned over 7 square miles each and broke out on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester and Winter Hill in Lancashire. Saddleworth Moor is a moorland in North West England.Reaching more than 1,312 feet (400 m) above sea level, it is in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park.It is crossed by the A635 road and the Pennine Way passes to its eastern side. In "Breaking News" By Emily Mee, news reporter Thursday 19 July 2018 11:13, UK So far, a total of 34 houses were evacuated in Calico Crescent in the village of Carrbrook, Stalybridge, on Tuesday night, and authorities are warning people to close their windows and doors as the fire expands. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service group manager for Tameside, Phil Nelson said: "Crews are still tackling this difficult fire and are working hard to contain the blaze and prevent further fire spread. 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