A FIRE at Moors Valley Country Park is believed to have been started deliberately.

More than 40 firefighters battled a heath fire at Moors Valley Country Park yesterday afternoon.

A swathe of land measuring 100 metres by 150 metres was ablaze.

Six fire engines, four Land Rovers and a Unimog all-terrain vehicle were all sent to the scene totalling around 40 firefighters.

The fire took hold of a swathe of land near Watchmoor Wood Bike Park, which is owned by the Forestry Commission.

A spokesperson from the park said no one needed to be evacuated, and added: "It's not near the Visitor Centre, so it hasn't had a huge impact on people visiting today."

The attraction is open as normal today.