(images: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)
UPDATE (10.15pm) The number of fire engines has been reduced to four. There are currently no reports of any livestock being involved in the fire. A spokesperson for CFRS said: “We would like to thank the public for their messages of support.”
UPDATE (9.30pm) It’s believed that the fire has now been extinguished, with firefighters remaining on scene to damp down to prevent it from reigniting.
Ten fire engines – four from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and six from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) – attended Lyme Park this afternoon to put out a blaze on moorland within the National Trust grounds.
Crews from Congleton, Poynton, Bollington and Wilmslow – along with those from Stockport, Offerton, Marple, Cheadle, Stalybridge and Whitehill – used hose reel jets as well as water backpacks and beaters to tackle the fire.
They are also used specialist moorland firefighting equipment from GMFRS to prevent it from spreading to other nearby woodland areas.
There are no reports of any injuries, however, as a result of the incident, Lyme Park was closed to the public and visitors were advised to stay away.
Residents in the nearby area have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution.
Firefighters faced the fire on three fronts, with support from GMFRS’ Wild Firefighting Unit.
It has not yet been revealed what caused the fire.