Address: Stones Bank, Egerton
Incident Number: 2005009362
Firefighters were called to reports of a moorland fire near to the A666, Blackburn Road between Egerton and Darwen shortly after 12 o’clock on Wednesday 27 May 2020. On arrival firefighters found the fire in a wooded area at Stones Bank. Six fire engines were requested and attended from both Lancashire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (Darwen, Rawtenstall, Blackburn). The burn team from Bacup, the hose layer and aerial support unit are also in attendance. with a high volume pump from Manchester and water bowsers from partner agencies. Due to a significant smoke plume in the area local residents in Blackburn and Darwen direction are being advised to close any windows and doors as a precaution. There are road closures in effect, please avoid the area if you can.
The crews on arrival were faced with a fire involving forestation that has travelled approximately half a kilometre and is heavily involving forest. Supression burn teams along with external water supplies are being used to manage the perimeter of the fire. The LFRS drone is also being used to assist with tactical plans and ensure firefighter safety. We’re working in close partnership with United Utilities to help ensure we protect nearby conservation sites.
Firefighters are progressing well alongside partners using off road vehicles to get the fire under control. The area involved in fire has now been reduced to approximately 100m. Given the nature of the forestation involved firefighters are dealing with a challenging fire and are likely to be in attendance for several hours yet in order to extinguish the fire and damp down hotspots.
The fire has now been brought under control. Approximately 5 acres of forest have been affected by the fire. Some firefighters will remain at the scene damping down and will likely remain overnight monitoring the area for any hotspots or signs of flare up. The smoke from the fire has now dissipated and so those residents previously advised to close windows and doors can now reopen them if they wish to do so. There are currently two fire engines in attendance.