Pictures show fire burning near Saddleworth Moor

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image captionThe blaze is one of the biggest moorland fires West Yorkshire firefighters have dealt with

A fire described as "apocalyptic" ripped through moorland in West Yorkshire on the same day the UK broke the record for the warmest winter day.

Firefighters in Marsden said the "dramatic" fire, which covered about 1.5 sq km of land, was one of the biggest moorland blazes its crews had ever dealt with.

Last summer, two huge moorland fires burned for several weeks at Winter Hill near Bolton, while the Army was drafted in to deal with a blaze at Saddleworth Moor.

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image captionJoseph Bridgstock, who has alpacas on his land, captured this image of the fire raging in the background
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image captionAt its height more than 35 firefighters were in attendance
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image captionWitnesses described the fire as "apocalyptic"

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image captionThe flames covered about 1.5 sq km of land near Marsden, West Yorkshire
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image captionNo-one is reported to have been injured
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image captionCrews told BBC Breakfast it was a 45-minute trek to the frontline of the fire
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image captionFirefighters used beaters to quell the flames
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image captionThe blaze comes as the UK experiences unseasonably warm winter weather

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