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Lyme Park: Fire crews fight National Trust moorland blaze

Firefighters tackling a blaze at Lyme Park Image copyright Steve Gribbon
Image caption The fire is in an area of the park near Knightslow Wood

Firefighters have been tackling a moorland blaze on land at the National Trust's Lyme Park estate.

Ten engines from Cheshire and Greater Manchester were sent to deal with the fire, which covered 0.75 sq miles (2 sq km) at one point.

The charity said the blaze was not near Lyme Hall and there had been no injuries, but the park had been closed.

The hall at Lyme Park dates from the 16th Century and was used in the BBC's 1995 adaption of Pride and Prejudice.

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Image caption Officers from specialist units trained to deal with wildfires were drafted in from across the region

Fire crews were called to the fire on moorland to the south of Knightslow Wood at about 16:10 BST.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said at 21:30 the fire was under control and it had scaled back its attendance to four fire engines, which would remain at the scene overnight.

The park near Disley is home to a herd of red deer, but the deer sanctuary is some distance away from the blaze.

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Image caption Fire crews used beaters and water backpacks to fight the blaze

A CFRS spokesman said crews from Bollington, Wilmslow, Poynton, Congleton, Cheadle, Stalybridge, Stockport, Offerton, Marple and Whitehill used hose reel jets, water backpacks and beaters to tackle the fire.

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Image caption The National Trust said it had closed the park and asked visitors to leave

He added the public had been "urged to stay away from the area" and residents in the nearby area should keep windows and doors closed.

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