Latest information and advice in relation to the Moorlands fires.
17 July 2018
The fire service and partners are making good progress in tackling the fires and with the recent weather conditions the air quality is greatly improving. There are now only two monitoring sites, one in the Calico Crescent area and one in Millbrook. Latest 24 hour average readings have shown the level of air pollution in the low level band for the Calico area and the very low band for Millbrook. Millbrook has now been in the very low level band now for 2-3 days and so the monitoring in that area will now be decommissioned.
Public Health Advice
People should now be able to enjoy usual outdoor activities in areas where there is no visible smoke, but whilst fire-fighting continues and weather conditions vary there may still be spikes of poor air quality. Exposure to any smoke should be minimised, and when spikes occur in the affected areas people are advised to remain indoors and keep windows and doors closed and keep medication with you.
Recent rainfall has raised concerns over the risk of flooding as the loss of heather and plant life on the moors will give a faster flow of water from the moorland and the hard ground from the prolonged hot spell means water is not absorbed as much initially. However, this is a marginal increase and combined with the low water levels in the rivers a heightened flood risk is not currently predicted. As a precaution, teams of staff from the Environment Agency are checking and clearing watercourses to ensure water is unhindered in its progress and therefore floods prevented. It is likely that rivers will be discoloured by sediment run off and look unsightly but this will pass. Staff are monitoring water quality and assessing rivers so that they can respond to any incidents or issues of concern.
Tameside Council staff are checking culverts on a regular basis to ensure they are clear, the flow is running freely and that any debris is removed to keep the grills clear. Officers have been checking culverts in the priority areas of Mottram Old Road, Stalybridge; Micklehurst Road, Mossley; Southview, Stalybridge; Demesne Drive, Stalybridge; Ney Street, Ashton; and Cartwright Street, Newton.
To report a pollution incident a free, 24hour Emergency Hotline is available on 0800 807060. For flood advice call the floodline on 0345 988 1188 (24hrs)
Updates on the fire
GMFRS has made good progress and the hard work of its crews, along with the welcomed rainfall, means the service is now able to scale back its resources from the incident. There is still a significant amount of work to do as firefighters continue to dampen down and then pack away miles of hose reels, so crews will remain at the incident for another week or so. Therefore the public are asked to continue to stay away from the area while crews continue their work.
The service is once again thanking the public and partner agencies for their work and support during this incredibly busy time.
GMFRS lead communications so if you would like to keep up-to-date with the incident, please follow @manchesterfire for regular updates or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk
Safe 4 Summer
Now the summer holidays are upon us there is some fantastic general safety advice through the Safe4Summer campaign that is useful for both parents and children. You can visit www.safe4summer.com for activities in the local area and for further information and advice on the following:
- Barbeque safety
- Fire Safety
- Outdoor safety
There are also some useful and hard-hitting videos you can view from the fire service on