A LARGE moorland fire has broken out near Oldham - and people are being urged to keep their doors and windows closed.

Fire crews are currently tackling a blaze involving 600 metres by 200 metres of dry moorland off Holmfirth Road, near Dovestones Reservoir.

Up to 50 firefighters from Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire brigades are involved in bringing the incident under control.

A GM Fire spokesman said: "The fire involves around 600m by 200m of dry moorland.

"Ten fire engines, a wildfire unit and a burn team from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance.

"A wildfire unit from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has also been requested to attend."

An initial call about the fire is reported to have been received around 2pm.

The fire spokesman added: "The fire is producing a large amount of smoke. Please can people avoid the area while firefighters tackle the fire and if you live near by keep your windows and doors closed."

Photographer Craig Hannah, for the Oldham Times, has captured a number of pictures of the fire as it has developed.

Update: Heavy rain has assisted firefighters tackling a large moorland fire near Dove Stone Reservoir, Oldham. 

Throughout the night, heavy rain has helped to extinguish the fire, which firefighters were originally called to at around 2.20pm on June 2. 

A wildfire officer remains on the scene monitoring the situation, with a number of deep seated located. The rain is forecast to continue this morning and once it stops an assessment will be made on what fire services resources are needed at the scene.