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Councillors praise agencies involved in fighting Winter Hill moorland fire


Members of Lancashire County Council have voted to support a motion praising the work of all the agencies involved in fighting the moorland fire at Winter Hill.

Today (Thursday 19 July) at full council members unanimously agreed to support the motion put by County Councillor Frank De Molfetta, who represents Preston Central East.

He also thanked the public for their messages of support and generous donations since the fire broke out on June 28.

The fire is no longer being treated as a major incident, however firefighters remain at the site monitoring the moorland for pockets of fire, damping hot areas down and maintaining control lines to prevent any fire from spreading.

The motion reads: “Since 28 June 2018 Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service and its partners have been dealing with a major wildfire incident at Winter Hill.

“Many partners have been, and continue to be, involved in fantastic work in extreme weather and difficult conditions to protect the safety of residents, animals and wildlife. These include officers, firefighters, support staff, the County Council’s Fleet Maintenance Service, partners and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to contain the fire thereby protecting the infrastructure on the top of the hill and threats to life and property while maintaining operational fire cover across Lancashire.

“The generosity and support of members of the public who have sent messages of support and given generous donations of supplies and machinery is also noted.

“Lancashire County Council therefore asks the Interim Chief Executive and Director of Resources to liaise with the Chief Fire Officer to ensure the Council’s gratitude is expressed to all Partners to thank them for their support.”


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