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The firefighters spent a third day facing a huge moorland in Derbyshire

Firefighters, including some from Greater Manchester, spent a third day fighting a huge moorland fire in Derbyshire.

Fire broke out for the first time at Rakes Moss just off the stretch of Woodhead Pass A628 between Glossop and Crowden shortly after 10 on Thursday.

He saw huge plumes of smoke drifting over Manchester with people across the city reporting the smell of burning near their homes.

More than 50 Derbyshire firefighters are currently involved in the operation and are supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service crews, local landowners and the United Utilities water company.

Two helicopters have now also been recruited to discharge the water from above.



Two helicopters are now involved in the operation

Tonight Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service (DFRS) “the fire is now surrounded” and that the crews were working to prevent it from spreading further.

The crews will remain on the scene, but as they did on the previous two nights, they will leave at sunset for their own safety and return at 6:00 on Sunday morning.

In a statement, the DFRS said: “The fire is now surrounded and the firefighters continue to dampen the hot spots and prevent any further spread.

“The works will continue until early evening when the firefighting operations cease and for safety the firefighters will withdraw from the moor.



The crews spent three days fighting the fire

“The firemen will return to the scene at 6:00 am on Sunday morning.

“During the accident volunteers from the Salvation Army were present, providing food and refreshment necessary for the crews working in hot and difficult conditions.

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“A huge thank you goes to the Salvation Army for providing this support.

In a separate call shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday evening, firefighters from Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire witness a lawn fire on an embankment near the A628 near Crowden.

A grass area of ​​about 200 x 50 meters was well lit.

DFRS said that Group Manager Paul Hawker said: “I would like to remind people to join the current Covid-19 government council, to stay home except for essential travel.

“I would also like to appeal to people to consider the moment as dry grass and vegetation.

“A discarded cigarette, a glass bottle that the sun can magnify and hot coals from a portable barbecue can easily cause a fire.

“Please dispose of cigarettes and rubbish responsibly and please don’t go to the countryside for a barbecue – stay home and save lives.”

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