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WATCH: Fire crews tackle miles of gorse fire on Bodmin Moor

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:12am 18th April 2019. (Updated at 8:16am 18th April 2019)

Firefighters from across Cornwall are battling several miles of gorse fire on Bodmin Moor.

Crews from Launceston to St Just are tackling the flames at Bolventor and Temple.

They've been working through the night to try and bring the flames under control.

More than 80 firefighters are currently on the scene.

A command point has been set up on the moor as crews use beaters in a bid to put the blazes out.

Police are also on the scene and are urging people to remain vigilant.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is being urged to report it straight away.

"Starting shortly before midnight, the Critical Control Centre received numerous calls to a gorse fire at Bodmin Moor.

"Resources from Bodmin and an officer were initially mobilised. On arrival, further resources were requested to deal with a mile long fire front. Additional resources attended from Lostwithiel and Launceston.

"Shortly afterwards, further calls were received to the Bolventor area with reports of a further fire were developing. Initial appliances attending were from Callington and Launceston, along with an officer.

"It was quickly established that further resources were required to deal with 4 fire fronts spread over a distance of 2 miles. Additional resources from Wadebridge and Lostwithiel were mobilised, along with several other resources to deal with the fire.

"During this period, a further fire was reported in the Dozmary Pool/Draynes Valley area. One appliance from St Austell and resources from St Dennis attended.

"A command point has been set up on Bodmin Moor as resources continue to deal with numerous fires.

"Throughout the night, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service resources from many stations have been hard at work. Stations include Bodmin, Launceston, Callington, St Austell, St Dennis, Delabole, Wadebridge, St Just and Lostwithiel as well as 5 officers."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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