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By James Speakman and Jacob King


Wildfires engulfed swathes of countryside across the north west after soaring temperatures sparked ferocious blazes during Britain’s heatwave.

At least 12 fire engines raced to the West Pennine Moors near Chorley, Lancashire, on Monday to put out a large fire.

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Footage from the area shows bright orange flames fuelled by dried grass and plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.

Firefighters from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service battled for hours to bring the blaze back under control.

Forty miles away firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were battling a blaze on Saddleworth moors, which continued into Tuesday morning.

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The fire, between Stalybridge and Dovestones, has devastated several square kilometres of land just 12 miles east of Manchester.

The smoke rising from the fire, which could be seen from the city yesterday, is remaining low in the air because of the still weather conditions and residents are being warned to keep their windows and doors closed.

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Station Manager Lee Bourne, who is the incident commander said: “Crews are making good progress this morning and are managing to get a hold on the fire.

“There is a concern about the amount of low lying smoke which is affecting local areas, namely Carbrook, Greenfield and parts of Saddleworth, along with Stalybridge.

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“Due to the weather conditions and there being a lack of wind, the smoke has settled so it is important for residents to keep doors and windows closed where there is any visible smoke.”

Hot weather is set to continue this week with temperatures predicted to reach up to 33 degrees.