Gorse fire ‘out of control’ near Lynton

Firefighters battled a mile-long fire front.

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

Fire crews spent hours dampening down the area which was burning on two fronts.

FIRE crews spent hours tackling a gorse fire at Lynton on Saturday afternoon which was burning on two fronts.

Crews from Lynton, Porlock and ground hogs - a two-person buggy that can travel over difficult terrain - from Porlock and Nether Stowey were called to County Gate at around 2.30pm.

Fire fighters confirmed it was a large heath fire, and used hose reel jets, beaters and ground hogs to battle the 100m and 200m fronts of the blaze.

Crews made steady progress dampening down the area and confirmed the incident was ‘swaling’, controlled burning of the gorse which had got out of control.

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