Firefighters battle blaze across Winter Hill and Scout Road – Daily Mail

Fire crews are returning for a seventh day as a ‘rapidly developing, aggressive fire’ ravages moorland across Lancashire. Two moorland fires merged on Saturday and a major incident was declared. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 10 crews remained on the scene overnight, but the number was increased to 22 from 4.30am  this morning. Fire break trenches are also being dug to try to protect local buildings. Nobody has been reported injured in either blaze but wildlife experts have anticipated ‘a decade of damage’ and the deaths of hundreds of animals. The Army has been drafted in to contain flames on Saddleworth Moor which are believed to have been caused by discarded cigarette ends. Dramatic images show the devastating extent of the damage, as thick black smoke still billows across the skyline. Burning temperatures as high as 88F (31C) have seen multiple blazes break out across the Welsh Valleys and near Inverness in Scotland. Pictured left smoke rising from scorched moorland as it burns during a ferocious moorland fire at Winter Hill. Inset, A firefighter carries a water hose past sheep close during the ferocious moorland fire at Winter Hill. Top right: the fire burning in the dark. Bottom right: A helicopter drops water on a moorland fire at Winter Hill

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