FIREFIGHTERS from across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire have once again been tackling wild fires across large areas of Saddleworth moors.

Six appliances were tackling fires in Cote Lane, Delph, with residents warned to keep their windows and doors closed.

And residents in Uppermill were told “don’t panic” when a wall of fire appeared to threaten homes near one of the blazes.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said on Twitter: “It looks bad but we’re on top of it.

The wind is now on our side and officers are dealing with and have said they don’t expect it to affect any properties. Just please keep windows and doors shut.”

Meanwhile, fire appliances were deployed to Shutts Lane, Stalybridge to tackled a 150m x 100m blaze using forced air firefighting units and beaters. Local people were advised to keep clear of the area and keep windows and doors shut.

At least one of the fires is believed to have been started by barbecuers during the glorious weather over the Easter bank holiday.

Fire chiefs have already voiced fears of further wild fires if there is a repetition of last year's long hot summer.