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In pictures: Fire near Saddleworth Moor

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image captionThe blaze at Saddleworth Moor has been raging since Sunday

A blaze scorching a path near Saddleworth Moor is continuing to spread as England bakes in hot weather.

More than 50 homes have been evacuated and fire crews are dumping water on the tinder-dry hills on foot and from above.

The fire has been spreading for days and billowing smoke can be seen rising above Greater Manchester for miles.

The Army is on standby to provide assistance as firefighters struggle to contain the flames.

'Apocalyptic' moors fire continues to rage

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image captionThe flames have been fanned by evening winds
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image captionVillagers in Greenfield can see plumes of white smoke
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image captionPockets of fire remain along the affected 3.7-mile (6km) stretch
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image captionA haze of smoke drifts across Grasscroft
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image captionGreater Manchester Fire and Rescue crews are battling through the smoke
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image captionCrews are damping down blazing patches
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image captionThick smoke lingered over nearby Stalybridge
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image captionFirefighters say the sheer scale of the fire makes battling it a challenge
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image captionThe fire was accompanied by a dramatic full moon on Tuesday night

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