Dry conditions lead to uncontrolled incidents in Lynton, Molland and Codden Hill

Firefighters have spent much of the afternoon battling a series of grass, moor and healthland fires in North Devon today (Wednesday).

The largest – a 62-hectare heathland fire at Molland Common near South Molton – was reported at around 3pm.

Crews from Dulverton and South Molton used four pumps and a combination beaters and compressed air foam to bring the blaze under control.

They were stood down shortly after 8pm but will be carrying our inspections tomorrow morning.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s North Devon area manager Neil Blackburn said the fire was not thought to have been caused by a planned swale, a controlled burn carried out by farmers to manage the land.

“We believe it was a deliberate ignition and not associated with a planned swale,” he said.

Also today, crews from Lynton and Porlock have attended a moorland fire at Oare near Lynton.

And at 2.45pm, crews from Barnstaple and Braunton were called to reports of a fire in gorse and bushes at Codden Hill, near Bishops Tawton.

All have now been extinguished, according to the fire service.

Mr Blackburn added: “We would ask people to take care, especially when we have long period of dry weather.

“It is swaling season and people can legally burn but we would ask anyone thinking of doing so to have a plan, carry out a risk assessment and please do so away from properties.”