Firefighters battle ‘deliberately-started’ blaze in Bodmin Moor

More than 80 firefighters battle ‘deliberately-started’ blaze burning across two miles of Bodmin Moor

  • Firefighters have been battling a series of fires in Bodmin Moor in Cornwall 
  • The fire service said it suspects that the fires have been started deliberately 
  • It said more than 80 firefighters have been battling fires spread across two miles 

More than 80 firefighters have been tackling a series of large gorse fires which broke out overnight in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

The fires are spread across two miles of the moorland and fire officials said they suspect they were started deliberately.  

Police asked people who live in the Bodmin Moor area to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour and report it.

Witness Olivia Tomlin tweeted: ‘Another huge gorse fire up on Bodmin Moor. In 3 different locations, coming very close to the A30… people’s houses are so close to these fires and livestock are living in those fields.’

More than 80 firefighters have been tackling a series of large gorse fires in Bodmin Moor

The fires are spread across two miles and fire officials said they suspect the fires were started deliberately 

Police asked locals to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour and report it after several blazes broke out overnight 

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service said it has been battling five fires and crews had a ‘challenging night’ 

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service said it has been battling five fires and crews had a ‘challenging night’.

It said it began to receive calls to a gorse fire on Bodmin Moor shortly before midnight.

‘On arrival, further resources were requested to deal with a mile long fire front,’ the service said.

‘Shortly afterwards, further calls were received to the Bolventor area with reports of a further fire were developing.

‘It was quickly established that further resources were required to deal with 4 fire fronts spread over a distance of 2 miles.’

Stuart Whitworth, of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, told the BBC that the fire had started on both sides of the A30 and ‘that would indicate that this was probably a deliberately-set fire’.

‘Crews have worked very hard to extinguish all the fire fronts,’ he said.

‘It really is a very difficult operation putting out wildfires overnight in treacherous conditions, with bogs and marshes.’

More than 80 emergency services personnel remained at the scene this morning

People took to social media to tweet about the incident. Zora Suleman claimed the blaze was close to houses, fields and livestock

The service added it has also been called to deal with a blaze in the Dozmary Pool/Draynes Valley area.

More than 80 emergency services personnel remained at the scene this morning. 

Bodmin Moor is the least populated part of Cornwall and contains hundreds of Bronze Age hut circles. 

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