UPDATE: Mammoth moorland blaze near Lynton

Joseph Bulmer

North Devon and Somerset crews join forces to tackle three square mile blaze

EXTRA vehicles and fire fighters from Somerset were called in to help local crews battle a monstrous three square mile moorland fire near Lynton today (Monday.)

The fire service reported the blaze in the Barbrook area had finally been quelled just before 4pm and at its height had been fought on five fronts.

They were initially called to the scene in the early hours, but found it difficult to reach the fire because of a lack of roads and access. Since it posed no danger to properties, the Fire Service said a decision was taken to fight it when daylight arrived.

A Supacat all-terrain vehicle from Porlock was called in to assist with access, while beaters and a pump from Brendon were also drafted.

By mid-morning the incident was still ongoing, with five appliances in attendance and a specialist pinzegauer all-terrain vehicle from Somerset also assisting.

The police helicopter was scrambled to assist with viewing the blaze from above and a water bowser was also called in.

It was the third gorse fire in Devon today, with North Devon crews tackling a blaze at Mortehoe, while mid Devon personnel dealt with a 10 acre fire on land near Okehampton.