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Animals killed and nests destroyed in 'devastating' wildfire on moors

For the latest news from in and around Oldham sign up to the MyOldham newsletter here Several animals have been killed in a wildfire near Black Moss reservoir that destroyed nesting grounds and eggs.

Just before 7pm on Wednesday, April 7, fire crews were called to Mount Road, near Saddleworth, as a moorland blaze with a 100m fire front approached the south bank of the reservoir.

Four crews used blowers, beaters, backpacks, and argocat to extinguish the 500sq metre fire. Volunteers and crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were out again across the land this morning dampening down the area, as several "hot pockets" remained across the moorland.

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