Following a long dry spell, mid-April 2010 turned out to be a busy time for Fire & Rescue Services across the country. This particular incident was attended by Pumps and Special Appliances from Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Services. Unfortunately it is almost impossible on a photograph to illustrate the huge area of moorland involved. The fire front in this particular case was probably 2 to 3 miles long. It must also be appreciated that night was falling fast when many of these pictures were taken.
High on the moors, Y539XEO from Bacup and MV53EXL from Chadderton.
I don't have many opportunities to include West Yorkshire appliances on this website. L4P YJ09OYX was from Holmfirth.
Also from Holmfirth, almost 30 miles away, was Volvo X684NDN.
Ex-Heywood Volvo X844KNA was being used as a reserve appliance from Rochdale.
This pall of smoke [and others] could be seen for many miles.
I have tried to illustrate in the above shots, the huge fire spread.
This particular extinguished area had an almost eerie feel to it with a sense of destruction and devastation.
Holmfirth's Volvo X684NDN over on the moors.
As the wind increased, so too did the height of the flames.