High Peak firefighters' plea to countryside visitors after second moorland fire in 24 hours

Firefighters from two High Peak stations, along with colleagues from Greater Manchester, tackled a moorland fire last night.

By Louise Cooper
Thursday, 1st April 2021, 9:38 am
Updated Thursday, 1st April 2021, 9:39 am

The incident occurred at Woodhead Tunnel, Glossop.

Glossop firefighters said: “This evening (Wed 31st March) Glossop on call along with assistance from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Hyde, Buxton Fire Station and its Command Support unit attended a moorland fire at Woodhead Tunnel.

“With the help of Peak District Moorland Group game keepers the fire was brought under control.

Firefighters were called to the second moorland blaze in 24 hours on Wednesday night. Photo - Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

“Please don’t have BBQs or fires on moorland.”

The blaze comes just hours after a similar incident in the county.

Six fire crews tackled a moorland blaze – covering about one-hectare of grassand and bracken – at Birchen Edge, Baslow, on Tuesday evening.

Working alongside National Trust Rangers and with wind conditions on their side, crews working on two separate fire fronts were able to contain the fire and prevent any further spread, declaring the fire out just before 8pm.

Crews from Buxton, Glossop and Hyde attended the scene. Photo - Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
The damage caused. Photo - Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service