Dartmoor fire turns sky bright red as emergency crews rush to control blaze

A LARGE fire has broken out on Devon's Dartmoor, turning the sky bright red.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has said the blaze is near Tavy Cleave, a few miles north east of Tavistock.

The service has deployed five pumps and other units but has struggled to tackle the fire due to its location.

Pictures on social media showed a large stretching blaze which has illuminated the night sky.

The fire is thought to be on a remote stretch of the moorland and no residents or animals have been injured, according to reports.

It is not yet clear if the fire is controlled, with images on social media showing a large section of the moorland ablaze.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our crews are currently at Peter Tavy but we haven't actually accessed the fire yet.

"We have five pumps and various special appliances."

The service warned people to "avoid the area".

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