Pictures showing the scale of the fire being tackled on a hill outside Redruth have been released by the firefighters who fought it.

Dramatic new images have been shared by Tolvaddon Community Fire Station showing the scale of the task that faced them.

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Firefighters used beaters to tackle the flames. Picture Tolvaddon Community Fire Station

Crews from Falmouth, Truro, St. Just, St Dennis Helston and Hayle Fire Stations were called to the large gorse fire in the Wheal Uny area of Redruth last night after receiving nearly 100 emergency calls from the public.

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On arrival they were faced with a 400m wall of flame which they had to tackle with beaters.

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The firefighters were faced with a 400 metre wall of flame. Picture Tolvaddon Community Fire Station

Posting on Facebook the station said: "Last night Blue Watch with crews from Falmouth Community Fire Station, Truro Community Fire Station, St. Just Community Fire Station, St Dennis Community Fire Station, Helston Fire Station and Hayle Fire Station attended a large gorse fire in Redruth.

"On arrival crews were faced with a 400m fire front, however, using hose reels and beaters the fire was brought under control and extinguished by the early hours."

Crews are currently at the site making sure the fire does not restart.

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A full moon illuminated the scene as well as the flames. Picture Tolvaddon Community Fire Station

The problems have been exascerbated by a long spell of dry weather and strong easterly winds this weekend. 

The source of the fire is being investigated.