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The Dartmoor wildfires rage through the night in dramatic images as 60 firefighters battle to control the blaze

DRAMATIC images show a huge fire raging across a mountainside in Devon as firefighters struggle to control the blaze.

Video, taken near the Tungsten West mine at Hemerdon in Dartmoor National Park, shows a huge fire and billows of smoke blanketing the hillside.

Dramatic images show huge wildfires raging on Dartmoor at night

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Dramatic images show huge wildfires raging on Dartmoor at nightCredit: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive
Devon County Council issued a warning to drivers to find alternative routes

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Devon County Council issued a warning to drivers to find alternative routesCredit: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive

With an inferno now at 750m, firefighters have classified the Dartmoor blazes as a “major incident”.

The emergency services were alerted at 4.15pm today to reports of a fire.

Firefighters are working desperately to contain the blaze and prevent the flames from spreading beyond the A386.

An eyewitness said the Hemerdon fire still seemed to be growing, PlymouthLive reported.

Police and a mountain rescue team have joined forces with the fire service in a separate fire near the Mary Tavy fire station.

A command center has been set up on Brentor Road as authorities work to ensure public safety.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: “We have 12 fire engines there at the moment plus specialist equipment. There is a fire front of about 750 meters.

“Firefighters are using fire extinguishers and wildfire vehicles to try to stop it spreading and crossing the A386. The A386 is closed in this area.

“There have been a number of controlled fires on Dartmoor but this one initially started at around 4.15pm.

“You have now reported a major incident.”

Devon County Council warned drivers to find alternative routes and expect delays in the area.

A council spokesman tweeted: “Police have requested a total road closure with detours on the A386 north of Mary Tavy due to a gorse fire.

“Expect delays and find an alternative route if possible.”

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