Fire destroys 30 hectares of heathland near North Molton

Firefighters battled a mile-long fire front.

Firefighters battled a mile-long fire front. - Credit: Archant

Crews from South Molton, Dulverton, Barnstaple and Porlock battle large gorse blaze.

FIREFIGHTERS have spent much of last night (Wednesday) battling a large gorse fire on heathland near North Molton.

Several members of the public called to report the blaze at Tabor Hill, Heasley Mill, at around 9pm.

Crews from South Molton and Dulverton arrived at the scene to discover a mile-long fire front and called for assistance from Barnstaple and Porlock.

They used four hose reel jets, beaters, the groundhog pump and pinzguaer pump to extinguish the blaze.

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By midnight, crews were still fighting one fire front using the groundhog, pinzguaer and beaters.

An estimated 30 hectares of heathland was destroyed by the fire, which is thought to have been started deliberately.

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