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Lancashire blaze contained but firefighters remain at scene

By PA Reporters

A large moorland blaze in Lancashire has been contained but firefighters were last night continuing to douse smouldering peat below the surface.

Fire chiefs declared a major incident on Saturday after two large-scale blazes either side of Winter Hill near Bolton merged because of increased wind speeds.

Colleagues from Greater Manchester, who have been battling a similar fire near Saddleworth Moor some 30 miles away, joined Lancashire Fire and Rescue and other crews from around the country to prevent it spreading further. Yesterday, Lancashire's chief fire officer Chris Kenny said a total of 29 fire engines remain on site along with specialist wildfire fighting teams, helicopters, drones and mountain rescue units.

Their aim was to protect the public and the "vital infrastructure" of the Winter Hill TV and radio transmitting station, said Mr Kenny.

He said: "The fire is contained; however the nature of moorland fires combined with the weather we are experiencing means that while we extinguish flames on the surface, peat underground continues to burn."

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