Wildfires in Dartmoor rage all night as 60 firefighters battle huge blaze

Firefighters battle a “major incident” on the Dartmoor hillside with wildfire threatening to spiral out of control and dramatic images showing the blazes lighting up the night sky

Huge wildfires have lit up the skies on Dartmoor
Huge wildfires have lit up the skies on Dartmoor

A huge fire sweeps through Dartmoor hill in dramatic footage showing flames lighting up the night sky.

The Dartmoor wildfires have now been described by the emergency services as a “major incident” as a fire front now stands at 750 meters, with 12 fire engines and 60 crew battling the blaze.

Footage of the fire near the Tungsten West mine in Hemerdon shows the extent of the blaze and the task of putting it out, with an eyewitness saying it appears to be increasing, he reported PlymouthLive.

Another person told the news agency that she was worried about the deer and animals in the moors.

In a separate fire near Mary Tavy, firefighters were assisted by police and a mountain rescue team who, due to the severity of the incident, had set up a command center on Brentor Road.

60 firefighters fight the fire


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Firefighters were alerted to reports of a fire at 4:15pm and are now attempting to contain the blaze using extinguishers and forest fire engines.

The aim is to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the A386.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: “We have 12 fire engines there at the moment plus specialist equipment. There is a fire front of about 750 meters.

“Firefighters are using fire extinguishers and wildfire vehicles to try to stop it spreading and crossing the A386. The A386 is closed in this area.

The fires were declared a “major incident”.


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“There have been a number of controlled fires on Dartmoor but this one initially started around 4.15pm.

“You have now reported a major incident.”

Devon County Council has urged drivers to find alternative routes and expect local delays.

A council spokesman tweeted: “Police have requested a total road closure with detours on the A386 north of Mary Tavy due to a gorse fire.

“Expect delays and find an alternative route if possible.”

Police reportedly said the fire near the A386 was the result of a controlled fire that got out of control


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Meanwhile, motorists have reported seeing a “very dangerous” fire spreading across the road.

A police officer reportedly said the fire near the A386 was the result of a controlled fire that got out of control.

APS Symonds, based at Tavistock Police Station, said the bog fire was started by surges where overgrown vegetation was burned to prevent a fire hazard – but it got out of control.

Police were concerned the wind would make the fire worse, but the fire is now under control.

APS Symonds said: “We had a call this afternoon regarding a fire on the moors very close to the A386 which was caused by an out of control sway. Apparently fire was present and they asked us to come down and help.

The fires are currently under control, police said


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“There were some concerns about the wind and wind direction. There are concerns that he could get out of control, but fortunately he is completely under control – the fire has something to do with it.

“We have reached out to some of our other partner agencies for assistance should we require it, which is no longer needed at this time. We work very closely with search and rescue services for a variety of reasons.

“One of those is when we need to think about the possibilities of mass evacuation from nearby areas if there is a risk to the public. Then quite often we will ask them to come and help us with this, as our police numbers are obviously quite limited.

“Fortunately, they are not needed on this occasion.”

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