Huge fire at National Trust nature reserve

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A massive fire has broken out at the National Trust Nature Reserve in Dorset, the flames of which are visible from miles away.

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The fire brigade at Studland Heath, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was called to the fire on Tuesday evening and warned members of the public to stay away from the park.

Two firefighters from Swanage were at the scene, along with a Unimog from Wareham and other equipment from across the county.


A spokesman for the brigade said mirror online: “We received a call today at 8.26 pm from a member of the public who was seen seeing a lot of smoke coming out of Studland Heath.

Crews from Swanage (two), Westbourne, Poole, Christchurch, Hemworthy and Wimborne, as well as Land Rover pumps from Swanage, Poole, Hemworthy and Bere Regis, Unimog from Wareham and a water carrier from Poole are also present.

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“About 600 square meters of heathland is down the well, and our crews are working hard to extinguish the fire to protect neighboring properties.”

He had earlier tweeted: “We are currently dealing with a massive fire at #StudlandHeath.

“#Dorset Strong winds driving fire and smoke, please avoid where possible.”

People could see the fire from Poole, about five miles away.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Looks like there’s a big fire at Purbex in Studland. You can see it from the rocks of Southbourne.”

Another tweeted: “This looks like a huge fire.”

In 2010, four acres of forest at Studland Heath were destroyed by a similar major fire.


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