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Fire crews battle deliberate mile-long gorse fire on Exmoor

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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A blaze that damaged 80 hectares of heathland on Exmoor yesterday is thought to have been started deliberately.

Fire engines from Dulverton and South Molton were mobilised to reports of a gorse fire at 2:10pm yesterday. Crews arrived on scene and confirmed this was a fire front approximately a mile long.

The next fire appliance on scene was from Porlock. Crews then requested the groundhog (all terrain vehicle) and the brendon pump from Porlock and the second groundhog from Nether Stowey. A supporting appliance from Bampton and the incident command unit from Wiveliscombe were also mobilised.

Crews used the 4x4 vehicles with jets and beaters to attempt to put the fire out. A strong breeze was fanning the fire and making it difficult to extinguish.

By 5.45pm crews had reduced the fire front to 150 metres and they finished dealing with the fire at 6.12pm

The cause of the fire was deemed to be deliberate.

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