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Fire sweeps through 1,500 acres

Firefighters are using hoses and beaters to tackle the blaze

More than 100 firefighters are tackling a blaze on 1,500 acres of moorlands in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

People who live in the area have described the blaze as a line of fire about a mile (1.6km) long.

It is believed the fire started in a remote area between Simonsbath and Exford on Friday afternoon.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews from 12 fire stations were tackling the blaze but high winds were hampering efforts.

As darkness fell firefighters said they were thinking of stopping for the night as it was too dangerous to continue.

It is believed crews will be staying overnight to monitor the situation, as the heath is still alight.

More than 100 firefighters are tackling a blaze in Exmoor National Park

"Crews were tackling the blaze from three directions using hose reels and fire beaters," a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman said earlier.

"Steady progress is being made and the fire is now being fought from two fronts.

"The police helicopter is providing us with an aerial view of the fire," the spokesman added.

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