Fire crews from across Devon are dealing with a large gorse fire on Dartmoor.
The fire service were called to reports of the blaze just after 11am this morning, Sunday 22nd April. They received numerous calls to report the fire at Watern Tor.
Crews from Okehampton, Hatherleigh, North Tawton, Chagford, Tavistock, Chulmleigh, Moretonhampstead, Launceston, Middlemoor, Honiton, Crediton, Danes Castle, Bovey Tracey, Yelverton, Torrington, Holsworthy, Ivybridge, Buckfastleigh, Exmouth, Witheridge, Newton Abbot and Plymstock are in attendance.
The specialist 4×4 from the urban search and rescue team was also mobilised.
Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton have advised to avoid the area.
Please avoid this area whilst the fire is being bought under control. https://t.co/dJZr8GhQHv
— Dartmoor Rescue Ash (@Dartmoor_SRTA) April 22, 2018
The fire service have stated that the fire front was 2km x 3km and fire on all four fronts.
Crews have been at work using beaters and creating fire breaks.
1300 hrs – Watern Tor, Dartmoor. Large gorse fire. Attended and provided tactical support for @DSFireUpdates with an aerial recce and search. No current threat to the public or local residents at this time. Fire Brigade on scene and dealing. DCP log 345 #GM pic.twitter.com/rwJCZVPzjw
— NPAS Exeter (@NpasExeter) April 22, 2018
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