Gorse blaze said to be started deliberately

Fire crews tackle mile-long fire on Exmoor

Fire crews tackle mile-long fire on Exmoor

First published in News
Last updated

A fire which damaged about 80 hectares of heathland on Exmoor is thought to have been started deliberately.

Fire appliances from Dulverton and South Molton attended reports of a gorse fire at 2.10pm and when crews arrived on scene they found a fire front approximately a mile long. Crews requested assistance from a further appliance and got to work with beaters.

The next fire appliance on scene was from Porlock. Crews then requested the groundhog (all terrain vehicle) and the brendon pump from Porlock and the second groundhog from Nether Stowey. A supporting appliance from Bampton and the incident command unit from Wiveliscombe were also mobilised.

Crews used the 4x4 vehicles with jets and beaters to attempt to put the fire out. A strong breeze was fanning the fire and making it difficult to extinguish.

By 5.45pm crews had reduced the fire front to 150 metres and they finished dealing with the fire at 6.12pm.



Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree