Two major wildfires broke out on moorland in the south west last night.

The first was reported on Dartmoor and later in the evening, a wildfire three miles wide was reported on Bodmin.

The public were urged to stay away from the "extremely dangerous" fire on Dartmoor.

The fire was reported at 6.18pm last night (Thursday, February 11) at The Meads in Dartmoor National Park.

On Twitter last night Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "The weather is making conditions for firefighting extremely dangerous - it’s very windy and low visibility so we’re maintaining our presence but fighting in ‘defensive mode’, which means we’re working to stop the fire from getting worse until conditions improve for us to do more.

"We’ve assessed the situation and there is currently no risk to life in the path of the fire.

"We will continue to monitor the spread of the fire with spotters and a drone and change our tactics if needed.

The moorland on fire was some considerable distance from the roadside. Due to the inaccessibility of the fire and severe weather conditions a decision was made to maintain a presence and monitor the situation through the night using visual checks from 4x4 vehicles.

The fire service had to issue a warning to the public as spectators began to arrive on the scene: " We’re aware that some people have arrived nearby to get a glimpse/photo of the fire.

"This is extremely dangerous and certainly not an essential journey!

"Please stay away from the area for your own safety."

Later in the evening, Cornwall Fire Service was alerted at 11.18pm of a wildfire at Millpool, Bodmin.

On arrival at the scene, crews were greeted with a three mile front of high grass and gorse on fire.

Strong winds pushed the fire further across the moorland.

The morning after. Picture: Bodmin Fire Station

The morning after. Picture: Bodmin Fire Station

Firefighters remained in place overnight to monitor from a distance and this morning (Friday) report that they are aware of two areas of gorse which are currently still burning on Cardinham Moor near Bodmin.

South West Farmer: Bodmin Moor. Picture: Bodmin Community Fire ServiceBodmin Moor. Picture: Bodmin Community Fire Service