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Military deployed as moor blaze rages for fourth day.

Byline: KIM PILLING

FIRE chiefs have called in the military as they battle a huge moorland blaze that has raged since Sunday.

More than 100 firefighters yesterday continued to tackle flames in an area spanning up to 3.7 miles of Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester.

An RAF Chinook helicopter is likely to transport high-volume water pumps to remote areas that can't be reached by road.

Fifty homes were evacuated as the flames raged on "tinder box dry" moorland, with changing wind directions.

With thick plumes of smoke drifting to villages, face masks were handed to residents living near the fire.

Four schools closed yesterday for the safety of pupils.

Dave Keelan, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said crews were working "extremely hard in really hot conditions".

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Date:Jun 28, 2018
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