A huge fire tore through grassland on Saddleworth Moor last night as the plumes of smoke drifted for miles around.

Firefighters were called to the scene in Greenfield on Thursday night after the fire began to take hold.

The blaze could be seen for miles around in the dark, with flames reaching high into the air.

Emergency crews said that ten hectares of grassland - around the same size as ten football pitches - were affected.

Residents in neighbouring boroughs could see the smoke billowing into the sky. The fire is understood to have started in an open area, with no risk to properties.

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No-one is believed to have been hurt.

Images of the scene, close to Dovestone Reservoir, were quickly shared on Facebook, with the huge flames visible from across Oldham.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said five engines were initially sent to the scene to tackle the blaze.

It is understood ten appliances were spotted on the moors as crews set about dousing the flames.

A Wildlife Response Unit was also on the scene to ensure animals were kept safe.