Large gorse fire breaks out at Zennor and Nare Head beauty spots in Cornwall

Footage shows the fire rip through the area Credit: Kate Smith

Firefighters have been battling a large gorse fire at Nare Head in Cornwall after it broke out late on Monday night (18 July).

There are reports this morning (20 July) that the fires have died down and the gorse is just 'smouldering'.

Fire crews have warned members of the public to avoid the area at Nare Head and Zennor while they continue to deal with the incident.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said a coastguard helicopter reported a 999 call with crews arriving at the scene shortly after 11pm on Monday night.

Footage shared online shows the flames ripping through the area.

By midnight, the fire service reported that the fire had doubled in size measuring '100x100 metres'.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Critical Control are taking multiple repeat calls for Zennor & Nare head gorse fires.

"Crews are in attendance and monitoring the fires."

Smoke can be seen billowing from the area of gorse which has caught fire Credit: Kate Smith

People in the area have taken to social media as the smoke can be seen for miles. One user, Kate Smith, wrote: "Still going strong 2 hours after I found it."