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Rain forecast may mean end to wildfire problems

  • 5-5-2011

Forecasters say much-needed rain could bring some respite to emergency crews battling wildfires in parts of the UK.

The hottest April on record has caused large areas of parched, tinder-dry land to go up in flames over the past week.

It is believed many of the fires have been started deliberately. Experts say vegetation and wildlife could take years to recover from the damage.

Fires continue to burn in Berkshire, Lancashire, north and south Wales and West Yorkshire.

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is still tackling heathland fires which broke out in the Swinley Forest area earlier in the week, while in Lancashire, crews continue to battle blazes in the West Pennine Moors.

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