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In pictures: Battling the UK wildfires

Published
3 July 2018
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As the dry, hot weather continues, firefighters around the country are struggling to control a number of major incidents, in challenging conditions.
Crews from across northern England are continuing to tackle two major moorland fires, at Saddleworth Moor in Tameside, and Winter Hill near Bolton. And fires have started across all parts of Wales in the last week which, senior officers say, is putting "tremendous pressure" on resources.
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image captionA view of Winter Hill near Bolton, shows the massive task firefighters are facing to control hundreds of smoking embers.
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image captionCrews attempt to beat out wildfires on Winter Hill which is smouldering in pockets across three sq miles (8 sq km).
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image captionPeople in nearby areas have been asked to keep doors and windows closed. Police told walkers and motorists to stay away from the scene at Winter Hill and Scout Road.
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image captionA firefighter carries a water hose close to the burning moorland at Winter Hill.
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image captionChairman of the Fire Brigades Union in the North West, Gary Keary, said crews were being pushed "to their limits".
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image captionLancashire Fire and Rescue Service first went to the moorland fire on the hill near Bolton at 15:20 BST on Thursday.
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image captionWinter Hill is part of the West Pennine Moors.
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image captionThe fires on Saddleworth Moor have covered the region in smoke and ash.
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image captionFirefighters tackling the blaze on Saddleworth Moor take a short break from the testing conditions.
image captionEmergency services were called to a forest fire near 30 homes in Braichmelyn, near Bethesda, in Gwynedd, early on Tuesday.
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image captionAreas of vegetation near Bangor continue to burn.
image captionCrews fought a mile-long mountain fire at Mynydd Cilgwyn in Carmel, where 15 properties were evacuated on Monday. Here, the charred remains of the scene in Carmel on Tuesday morning.
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