Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service(GMFRS) have declared a major fire at a landfill site on Pilsworrh Road in Bury. Fire crews from ten stations are currently at the scene to tackle the blaze.
The fire started at around 00.15 am this morning at a section of household waste. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service declared due to the amount of smoke and the location of the incident that is adjacent Junction 3 to the M66.
Currently, fire crews are at the scene and they are using heavy machinery, hoses, and breathing apparatus to direct water onto the burning material. After seven hours in fire, the smoke plume still can be seen miles around.
GMFRS asked the residents to keep their doors and windows close. It is expected that GMFRS will remain at the scene throughout the day.
Paul Duggan, Area Manager and Head of Prevention of GMFRS said that: “Conditions are not easy – the surface, around the size of a football pitch, is uneven underfoot and there is a significant amount of smoke at the site.”
“I want to reassure the public that the materials on fire and the smoke do not pose any significant risk to people’s health. We have called this Major Incident simply to coordinate emergency services’ response and best share our resources. GMFRS will be on-site working hard until this fire is out.”
🚒 Crews from 10 fire stations are currently engaged in tackling the blaze affecting a steep heap of shredded waste.
💦 Firefighters are using heavy machinery, hoses and breathing apparatus to direct water onto the burning material.
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— Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (@manchesterfire) April 26, 2021