Starting shortly before midnight, numerous calls were received about a gorse fire at Bodmin Moor, which it is now believed was started deliberately. Firefighters trekked across miles of moorland to attack the flames with beaters. A STOP message was sent at 06:37 this morning confirming that all fires were extinguished. Photos courtesy of Wadebridge Fire Station Facebook page.
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 was 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. Over 80 personnel were committed to the fires and Police were also in attendance. Monitoring is continuing. Please be vigilant and careful when walking on moorland areas. Gorse fires are devastating.