FIRE crews from West Somerset had a busy Bank Holiday Monday as they tackled two large fires.

One was believed to have been started deliberately, and crews were said to be at the scene all through the night to dampen down hotspots.

The first call came at 5.53pm from numerous members of the public to reports of Elephant Grass Fire in Stogumber.

Four engines from Williton and Minehead and specialist wildfire equipment from Nether Stowey and Williton were sent to the fire, which was brought under control and eventually extinguished by 7.25pm.

However they remained on the scene to ensure all areas were out.

Hose reel jets, main jets, compressed air foam and beaters were used to extinguish the fire, which was later confirmed to have started accidentally.

In the meantime, two fire engines from Porlock and Taunton were dispatched, following a call from a member of the public reporting an area of gorse on fire at Dunkery Hill on Exmoor.

As crews got closer to the fire, they called another engine from Minehead - which came from the other fire -  together with specialist wildfire equipment (Ground hog and Brendan pumps), which were mobilised from Porlock and Minehead.

This was later joined by a fourth engine from Minehead to assist as the fire spread as a result of high winds.

The fire covered a total area of four hectares and was brought under control at 9.45pm.

But at 12.15am this morning, some crews were still there damping down an area of hotspots which later reignited.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was confirmed to have been started deliberately.