Army called in to tackle moorlands fire

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Media captionTimelapse footage shows the spread of the flame near Saddleworth Moor

The military has been called in to help battle a huge moorlands fire which has been raging for three days.

The blaze cover-ups 3.7 miles( 6km) of moorland above Stalybridge and inspired the evacuation of up to 100 homes.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service( GMFRS) confirmed it had asked for military assistance.

One resident described assuring “ash falling like rain” and another said it “looked like the apocalypse”.

Moorland fire in scenes How do you tackle a moorland blaze ? ‘Apocalyptic’ moors fire continues to rage Image caption Smoke from the flame could be seen from space, as captured by the University of Dundee from a NASA satellite Image caption GP Richard Bircher said patients had been attending his surgery with smoke-related problems Media captionDrones capture the vast moorland flame Image caption The fire on Tuesday night was accompanied by a dramatic full moon Image caption Firefighters continued to battle the fire at daybreak on Wednesday Image caption Kelly McFie said it was a “massive relief” to come home

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