Smoke billows above Mossley as moors catch fire again after hottest Easter on record

THE moors above Stalybridge were alight after the hottest Easter since records began.

These spectacular shots of the blaze on Shaw Moor above Mottram Rise at the head of Shutts Lane were taken by Howard Lisle on Monday, April 22.

He explained: “The first photo is what I saw at 10pm from the bedroom and the others were taken within the hour.

“Fire crews were in attendance at 10pm. They used the ancient trackway from Gallows Clough to gain access to the foot of the moor and the track to the summit.

“Lumpy terrain, darkness and a gusty south easterly wind fanning the flames did not help matters.

“By the early hours it was either out or under control though at 5.30am on Tuesday there was a small flare visible.”

Greater Manchester Fire Service reported: “Called at 9.52pm yesterday evening (Monday 22 April) to a moorland fire on Shutts Lane, Stalybridge.

“Crews from Stalybridge, Manchester Central, Hollins, Bury, Cheadle, Oldham, Whitehill and other specialist vehicles attended the fire involving approximately 150m by 100m moorland area.

“Firefighters are using forced air firefighting units, beaters and other specialist equipment to tackle the blaze.

“There is no current danger to properties but local residents are encouraged to keep their win-dows and doors shut as a precaution.”

They provided at update at 1.40am Tuesday to say: “Good progress is being made to tackle the moorland fire. All visible flame and hotspots are extinguished.”

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