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In Pictures: Dramatic scenes as fire rages on moor

The huge moorland fire has forced people to spend the night away from their homes.

A helicopter drops water as firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor (Peter Byrne/PA)
A helicopter drops water as firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor (Peter Byrne/PA)

Fire crews have been working in “tremendously difficult conditions” as they battle a huge blaze on Saddleworth Moor that police have declared a “major incident”.

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Images posted on social media showed bright orange flames lighting the night sky (Sean Quarmby/PA)
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Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles (Sean Quarmby/PA)
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On Tuesday, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue shared photos of its firefighters working on the southern edge of the moors (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue)
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Firefighters battled the blaze at Tintwistle on the Derbyshire border (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue/PA)
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The fire raging on Saddleworth Moor (Sean Quarmby/PA)
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Police declared a major incident amid the ongoing moorland fire (Sean Quarmby/PA)
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Firefighting efforts continued on Thursday as the military joined the effort (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland joined the operation (Danny Lawson/PA)
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An aerial view of Saddleworth Moor shows smoke rising (Steve Parsons/PA)
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The moorland blaze has been alight for several days (Danny Lawson/PA)

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