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Firefighters tackle Devon and Cornwall gorse blazes


Firefighters tackle gorse blazes

Firefighters have been dealing with five gorse fires in Devon and Cornwall.

One at Lee Moor near Plympton on Tuesday evening has been consuming about six acres of gorse.

The blaze, which was not threatening property, was being allowed to burn itself out, crews said. It is not clear how the fire began.

Crews believe a fire at Laneast Downs near Launceston was arson. Other fires started when swaling - intentional clearing of gorse - got out of control.

Gorse fires have been reported at Withypool near Dulverton, Southcombe Hill, Widecombe in the Moor and in the Dartmeet area near Princetown.

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