Arsonists have been spotted lighting fresh fires by a United Utilities helicopter as it assisted firefighters on the ground tackling the raging moorland fire that has decimated parts of Winter Hill.
Tony Crook, area manager for Lancashire Fire Service, said:
The helicopter was circling over an area of grassland known as Healey Nab which is a wooded area some 7KM away from Winter Hill.
Mr Crook went on to say:
"As they've been trying to extinguish the fire, people have been seen lighting other grass fires in the vicinity," he added.
"Police are now attending that scene, to try to apprehend those arsonists.
"It absolutely astounds me."
The public is being urged to keep away from the area as firefighters tackle the fire, earlier today GMP warned people to stop flying drones over the area as they could come into conflict with the helicopters being used to extinguish the flames.
One man had to be rescued this morning after he ignored advice and was overcome by smoke inhalation, the man referred as 'Johnny' (Not his real name) by the police; had crossed police tape and ventured to Pike Tower.
Earlier this week on Tuesday evening, police had to warn sightseers from flooding into the area as they were causing issues with fire appliances trying to reach the fire.
Johny Photo: Chorley Police