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Half a mile wide wildfire started with a motorhome on Dartmoor Bath City News

A forest fire is spreading on Dartmoor this afternoon after a motorhome catches fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services report that they have received several calls regarding the blaze and upon investigation it appears that a fire in the vehicle spread over gorse terrain, fanned by the wind.

Fire trucks from several cities were called in to the incident.

In a 2:53 pm statement, firefighters reported: “Several calls were received today to report a fire in Dartmoor.

“The fire started in a motorhome and because of the winds it then spread to the gorse nearby.”

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“A Yelverton fire truck was dispatched to the original incident, and along the way several other calls were received by members of the public saying the moor was on fire.

“A fire truck from Bovey Tracey, one from Princetown and a water tank from Torquay were sent over the incident.

“On arrival, the crews confirmed a well-lit motorhome that had spread to the gorse. The officer in charge requested the help of a fourth fire engine … it was coming. from Newton Abbot, one was also sent from Tavistock.

“This is a large gorse fire, with a fire front of about half a mile, quickly intensified by high winds.

“Other fire engines come from the surrounding areas, Modbury, Okehampton, Chagford, Crownhill Plymouth, and other devices from Totnes, Ivybridge and Danes Castle Exeter.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-31 16:33:11