Striking photos show the 'apocalyptic' blaze engulfing UK moorland

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Wildfires of “apocalyptic” proportions have engulfed Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, northern England, for several days this week. 

The blaze began on Sunday 24 June during a heatwave which saw temperatures across the UK rise to record highs. 

The fires — which set seven square miles of grassland ablaze — have resulted in the greater Manchester region being blanketed in a canopy of thick smoke. 

Large wildfires spreading across Saddleworth Moor and towards residential areas.

Large wildfires spreading across Saddleworth Moor and towards residential areas.

Image: Joel Goodman/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

Dry peat, high temperatures, and unrelenting winds are said to be hindering attempts to keep the fire under control.  Read more…

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Striking photos show the 'apocalyptic' blaze engulfing UK moorland