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Andrew Forgrave & Abigail Nicholson

Massive Snowdonia fire 'looks like scene from Lord of the Rings'

A huge fire on Mount Snowdon was described as a "scene from Lord of the Rings".

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to Snowdonia 2.32pm on Monday, November 14. One fire engine was dispatched from Bangor.

The inferno tore across the Snowdonia peak of Foel Dduarth and was so large it could seen from northern Anglesey, NorthWalesLive reports.

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Only when the blaze was finally extinguished can the fire service begin investigating a potential cause. The blaze could be seen for miles around, with one resident in the northeast corner of Anglesey saying he got a shock when catching sight of the fire through his partner’s French windows.

Eyewitness, John Riley was just getting ready for a gym visit when he saw the inferno.

He said: “I grabbed my camera because it looked pretty massive. The fire must have been 10-15 miles away but we could clearly see it."

“I’d estimate the line of fire was about one-and-a-half miles long. It looked like the whole side of a mountain was on fire.”

As chairman of a local graziers’ association, Gareth Wyn Jones rushed to the scene after being alerted to the fire. He described finding a scene of utter carnage.

He said: "It looks like something you would see in the Lord of the Rings, it’s so big and fast-moving. The whole of the mountain has gone, it’s completely devastated.

"In all my years I’ve never seen a fire move so fast. It’s just unbelievable. We’ll have to wait until the morning to find out if it’s spread to other mountains nearby."

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