Hundreds of grass fires tackled in Greater Manchester

Fire crews in Greater Manchester were called to deal with hundreds of grass or rubbish fires overnight.

The control room took about 400 calls from midnight on Saturday to midnight on Sunday, making it the busiest 24 hours since Bonfire Night.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said about 300 calls were to report fires involving grass or rubbish in the open.

Two-hundred calls were taken between 17:00 and 21:00 BST.

Watch Manager John McKay said: "It was non-stop due to the sheer volume of calls.

"We were constantly busy for around three to four hours and the vast majority of calls have been about grass fires or rubbish set alight."

The fire service said among the calls were those to report fires started by youths playing with matches or lighters.

In one incident, next to the M60 at Swinton, 200 sq m of scrubland was damaged by fire.

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