FIREFIGHTERS from Bury are tackling a moorland fire which has been raging close to Ashworth Moor Reservoir.

The blaze in the Deeply Vale area, which sits in-between Ramsbottom and Rochdale, has seen firefighters use breathing apparatuses, a high-pressured lance, beaters, hoses and other equipment to bring it under control.

Grass and heather around the area are believed to have been destroyed by the fire.

The area near Deeply Hill and the nearby Owd Betts joins a growing list of moor fires being tackled across the region by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

They include Darwen Moor and further moorland close to Dovestone Reservoir.

A farmer who works in the area close to the fire said that he worried about the impact on local wildlife, such as deer, who are known to inhabit the area.

The fire service issued advice earlier this week on staying safe and fire-aware during the dry weather.

Group Manager Steve Jordan said: “I would like to start by thanking all of our firefighters, staff and colleagues from North West Fire Control for their hard work this weekend.

“With the hot weather set to continue for a couple of days yet, we are urging people to make sure they are being safe.

"We know people are looking forward to seeing their loved ones from today but please, if you decide to have a barbecue, do not use them on moorland or balconies, never leave it unattended, concentrate on what you are doing and keep a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.