FIREFIGHTERS from Holsworthy assisted on Tuesday, February 7, when a wildfire broke out in Dartmoor Forest.

Crews from Chagford, Danes Castle, North Tawton, Holsworthy and Okehampton were called in to deal with the blaze which is ongoing.

A Fire Control spokesperson said: "We were called to attend an incident a 1.43pm (February 7). The incident is a wildfire on the road from Moor Gate to Park Farm.

"The fire is reported to be a '500m fire front on open moorland being fanned by strong winds'.

"Crews are preventing the fire from jumping to the main road with beaters.

"We sent five fire engines plus, a browser and an ATV (specialist vehicle for moorland terrain)."

They later added: "Approximately 700 square meters of moorland was severely damaged by fire. Crews continued to check the perimeter of the fire for hotspots before making their way off of the moor."

The incident was declared closed at 7.31pm.