FIREFIGHTERS are still battling a moorland fire which started a week ago.
The blaze above Stalybridge one of 43 grass fires dealt with this week started on Wednesday and was still burning as the Advertiser went to press.
A helicopter has been dropping water and fire crews from local stations have been taking their turns to quench the blaze.
Around four engines have been permanently situated on the moors through the daytime and water from local reservoirs has been utilised.
Speaking on Tuesday, Tony Hunter of Greater Manchester Fire Service said his crews had been working flat out.
“Weve managed to stop the spread of the fire. Weve had seven fire engines here since 5am this morning. The problem is we cant go on the moorland at night-time because you cant see where youre walking and its dangerous.
“This gives the fire time to reignite itself and potentially spread.”
FIREFIGHTERS work through the heat of the day.
Firefighters estimate the fire has scorched around 300 acres of moorland. It spread within 40 yards of a farm off Brushes Road and residents have reported having to keep their windows shut because of the strong smell of burning peat.
It had spread onto land owned by United Utilities by Monday. The company commissioned a helicopter to help with the damping down mission.
Spokeswoman Helen Lord said Tameside residents need to be extra careful when spending time in the countryside.
“Please dont take any matches or naked flames onto the moors. Be careful with discarding of cigarettes and dont have barbecues up there,” she said.