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Fire breaks out on 15 acres of Saddleworth moorland

Moorland fire Image copyright Richard Marshall
Image caption A fire broke out in Saddleworth near to Dovestone Reservoir at about 20:45 GMT on Thursday

A fire broke out on 15 acres of moorland in Greater Manchester.

Firefighters were called to the Dove Stone area near Saddleworth at about 20:45 GMT on Thursday.

Crews battled high winds to bring the blaze under control and scaled the incident down at about 22:30. They left the scene earlier.

There was no threat to wildlife or nearby properties, said a fire spokesman. An investigation into the cause is the blaze is under way.

People are being urged to take care to avoid starting fires on the moors.

Image copyright Richard Marshall
Image caption An investigation into the cause is the blaze is under way
Image copyright Richard Marshall
Image caption Firefighters left the scene just before 08:00 GMT
Image copyright Richard Marshall
Image caption The fire was under control shortly after the fire service arrived

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