Fire Service Called to Out of Control Fire on North Hill
|Author: Clara Lawrie||Published: 1st March 2012 11:19|
On Wednesday morning staff from Exmoor National Parks Authority began a controlled fire on North Hill as part of their moorlands management policy.
Unfortunately, due to recent dry weather conditions the fire became uncontrollable.
A mass of smoke was visible from Minehead as seen in our picture (right) which was taken from the beachfront at midday by AMA reader, Gary Miele. We understand that at one stage flames from North Hill could be seen from miles away.
Fire crews from Minehead, Williton, Nether Stowey, Lynton, and Porlock were called to rescue the situation and they managed to extinguish the fire using beaters, hose reel jets and multi terrain ground hog vehicles.
Whilst around 15 acres is thought to have been affected, there doesn't appear to be any fears for wildlife as the fire crews were assisted by National Parks staff who were, understandably, at the scene.
Early this morning (Thursday) North Hill has been restored to its familiar peaceful life. In fact, the fire-damaged gorse bushes have been a popular feeding ground for the resident Exmoor ponies.