DRAMATIC pictures shows a huge blaze raging across a Devon mountainside as firefighters battle to keep the flames under control.
Video taken near Tungsten West Mine at Hemerdon in Dartmoor National Park shows a huge fire and billowing smoke engulfing the hillside.
Dramatic pictures show huge wildfires raging through the night on DartmoorCredit: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive
Devon County Council issued a warning to drivers to find alternative routesCredit: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive
As one inferno now stands at 750m, fire crews have deemed the blazes across Dartmoor a “major incident”.
Emergency services were alerted to reports of a fire at 4.15pm today.
Firefighters are working desperately to contain the blaze and prevent flames from spreading past the A386.
One eyewitness said the Hemerdon fire appeared to still be growing, Plymouth Live reported.
Police and a mountain rescue team have linked up with fire crews at a separate blaze near Mary Tavy firefighters.
A command centre has been set up on Brentor Road as authorities work to ensure public safety.
A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: “We have 12 fire appliances there at the moment plus special appliances. There’s a fire front of about 750 metres.
“Firefighters are using fire beaters and wild fire vehicles to prevent it spreading and crossing the A386. The A386 is closed in that area.
“There are a number of controlled fires burns going up on Dartmoor but this one has been going since about 4.15pm initially.
“They’ve declared a major incident now.”
Devon County Council issued a warning to drivers to find alternative routes and to expect delays in the area.
A council spokesperson tweeted: “The police have requested a full road closure with diversions on the A386 north of Mary Tavy due to a gorse fire.
“Expect delays and find an alternative route where possible.”