Fire crews tackle large blaze in woodland at Axminster beauty spot

Firefighters from two counties were called to tackle a blaze at an Axminster beauty spot on Monday morning (June 14).

Crews from Axminster, Chard, and the wildfire pump from Illminster, were sent to a large fire in woodland at Bewley Down shortly after 10am, where a controlled burn was at risk of getting out of control.

Firefighters extinguished the 30-metre by 20-metre blaze using hose reel jets, a compressed air foam jet, drag forks, beaters and small tools.

The fire service said the cause of the blaze was accidental.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Chard was sent to a controlled burn that was possibly getting out of control.

“On arrival crews confirmed this was a large fire within woodland and requested further assistance.

“A second fire engine from Chard was sent.

“The fire measured thirty by twenty metres and further assistance was required for water and hose.

“A fire engine from Axminster and an off-road vehicle from Ilminster were sent.

“The fire was extinguished using hose reel jet, drag forks, beaters and small tools.”

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