Firefighters tackle huge blaze at landfill site near Pilsworth Industrial Estate

Date published: 26 April 2021

Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a landfill site near Pilsworth Industrial Estate.

A large plume of smoke can be seen in the surrounding area – after a section of household waste measuring 100m x 150m started burning at roughly 12.15am this morning, Monday 26 April.

The significant amount of smoke, along with the location of the incident on Pilsworth Road in Bury, adjacent to Junction 3 of the M66 motorway, prompted the fire service to declare a Major Incident at 5.40am.

Crews from 10 fire stations are currently engaged in tackling the blaze affecting a steep heap of shredded waste.

Firefighters from Manchester Central, Blackley, Hollins, Chadderton, Bury, Whitefield, Ramsbottom, Heywood, Broughton and Agecroft are using heavy machinery, hoses and breathing apparatus to direct water onto the burning material – the heavy machinery is in turn being deployed to break up the heap and aid firefighting.



Paul Duggan, Area Manager and Head of Prevention at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Firefighters have been tackling this blaze at a landfill near Bury for around seven hours and are making steady progress. Conditions are not easy – the surface, around the size of a football pitch, is uneven under foot and there is a significant amount of smoke at the site. I want to take this opportunity to praise GMFRS’ crews for their hard work and dedication.

“The smoke plume can be seen for miles around and the easterly wind means it is drifting across the motorway and in the direction of Ainsworth. I’d ask anybody driving on the motorway to take care around Junction 3 of the M66, and residents in south Bury to keep their homes’ windows and doors closed.

“I want to reassure the public that the materials on fire and the smoke do not pose a significant risk to people’s health. We have called this Major Incident simply to co-ordinate emergency services’ response and best share our resources. GMFRS will be on site working hard until this fire is out.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will remain at the scene of this fire throughout the day.


The fire at the Pilsworth Road landfill site


The fire at the Pilsworth Road landfill site


The smoke plume can be seen for miles around


The smoke plume can be seen for miles around


The smoke plume can be seen for miles around


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