FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to take care in the warm dry
weather after more than 40 firefighters spent hours tackling a fire
involving peat land on Irlam Moss.
At its height they used around a mile of hose to get water to
the seven hundred metres of burning peat near Twelve Yards
Three fire engines from fire stations in Irlam, Salford and
Eccles were called to the remote site at 1.16pm on Thursday, June
6, and quickly called for more crews to help them get water to the
Station Manager Paul Duggan said: "Crews worked tirelessly for
hours in the heat to try to control this fire.
"Getting water to the remote peat land was challenging and
involved a lot of hose - almost a mile - to get water from fire
"In the warm dry weather the peat is dry so fires like this can
burn for days but crews made good progress - we used a number of
jets of water and beaters to bring it under control - and we were
damping down by 10pm."
One fire engine remained at the site overnight and it's expected
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service crews will maintain a
presence on the Moss into Friday, June 7 to monitor and dampen down
small isolated pockets of fire.
At its height, large amounts of smoke could be seen from the
Manchester to Liverpool railway line as a result of the fire.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Councillor
David Acton said: "In this warm dry weather we'd like to remind
people to take care because dry land and discarded rubbish can
catch fire easily.
"Our crews worked in the heat for hours to control the fire on
Irlam Moss - so we'd like that to serve as a reminder for people to
take care when discarding smoking materials and to take any rubbish
home to dispose of it safely and properly."
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