Fire risk reminder after big blaze at Peak District beauty spot
June 2, 2020
Firefighters faced a massive effort throughout the afternoon to prevent the spread of the blaze high on the moors. Some overnight rain on Tuesday night helped extinguish the fire, but that rain has quickly soaked into the dry peat ground and there remains a fire risk to dry moorland vegetation in the weeks ahead.
The fire was in the Ashway Gap on Saddleworth Moor high above the popular Dovestones Reservoir at Greenfield in the Saddleworth area, formerly part of the West Riding and now in Greater Manchester.
A large plume of smoke could be seen rising from the moors for miles around.
Notices have been put up at several moorland car parks warning not to light barbecues or fires. Dropped cigarettes and glass which can magnify the suns rays pose another danger.