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A major gorse fire breaks out near Newquay

A major gorse fire breaks out near Newquay

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:11am 14th May 2019. (Updated at 12:25pm 14th May 2019)

Photos: Dave Lynex

A huge gorse fire has broken out overnight, scrambling crews from two Cornish towns.

Firefighters from Newquay and Perranporth were scrambled to Penhale late on Monday night.

They managed to douse the blaze near Holywell Bay, but say strong winds were fanning the flames.

The initial call came through at around 11.15pm and crews confirmed the blaze spread to a large area.

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A massive gorse fire has broken out at Penhale near Newquay overnight. Photo: Dave Lynex

Local photographer Dave Lynex spotted the flames from quite a distance away.

"Huge gorse fire on Penhale MOD land. Fire service is in attendance.

"The blaze was spotted at around 11.15pm on Monday night.

"Strong winds are fanning the blaze on what is a triple S designated area".

Dave Lynex

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The blaze at Penhale spread to a large area as strong winds fanned the flames. Photo: Dave Lynex

"One appliance and a 4x4 vehicle from Perranporth Community Fire Station and one appliance from Newquay Community Fire Station, and a Flexi-Duty Officer have been attendance to a gorse fire.

"The fire has been fanned by high winds and spread a large area.

"The crews used beaters and hose reels to extinguish the fire".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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