Homes evacuated as Saddleworth Moor fires continue to spread

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A number of homes have been evacuated as fires on Saddleworth Moor continue to spread.

On Tuesday people in the Calico Crescent area of Carrbrook, in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, were advised to leave their properties as firefighters battled flames nearby.

The blaze started on Monday amid Britain's heatwave and has devastated land around Carrbrook.

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Up to 25 homes have been reportedly evacuated so far as strong winds drive the flames closer to residential areas.

Greater Manchester Police tweeted: "Homes in the Calico Crescent area of Tameside are now being evacuated due to their close proximity to the Moorland Fires."

Earlier, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) advised locals to keep out smoke by closing their windows and doors as crews continued to tackle the blaze in "very difficult circumstances".

GMFRS group manager for Tameside, Phil Nelson, said: "Crews are still tackling this difficult fire and are working hard to contain the blaze and prevent further fire spread.

"Firefighters are faced with very difficult circumstances, intense heat and are working on challenging terrain

"Our main considerations are for crew welfare. It is physically draining working at this incident and it is vital that our firefighters have regular breaks and that relief crews are available to take over.

"I would like to thank the Salvation Army for keeping our crews fed and watered during this incident.

"We are co-ordinating our efforts with our partners at the Peak District, United Utilities and Ranger Services and will continue to into the evening."