Leeds & West Yorkshire

Pictures show fire burning near Saddleworth Moor

Marsden fire Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The 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.

'Apocalyptic' moorland blaze extinguished

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Marsden fire Image copyright Joseph Bridgstock
Image caption Joseph Bridgstock, who has alpacas on his land, captured this image of the fire raging in the background
Marsden fire Image copyright Joseph Bridgstock
Image caption At its height more than 35 firefighters were in attendance
Marsden fire Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Witnesses described the fire as "apocalyptic"

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The moorland fire Image copyright Nick Lawton
Image caption The flames covered about 1.5 sq km of land near Marsden, West Yorkshire
Marsden fire Image copyright Anthony Devlin/Getty
Image caption No-one is reported to have been injured
Marsden fire Image copyright Christopher Furlong/Getty
Image caption Crews told BBC Breakfast it was a 45-minute trek to the frontline of the fire
Marsden fire Image copyright OLI SCARFF/Getty
Image caption Firefighters used beaters to quell the flames
Marsden fire Image copyright OLI SCARFF/Getty
Image caption The blaze comes as the UK experiences unseasonably warm winter weather

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