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Studland Heath: Fire breaks out at National Trust nature reserve

The fire at Studland Heath can be ‘seen for miles’ (Image: @roseflower7/@UKXtremeWeather)

A huge fire is burning at a National Trust nature reserve in Dorset.

Six fire crews are battling the blaze at Studland Heath as the blaze is ‘seen for miles’.

Locals have been ordered to stay away as some 600 square meters of heathland are in a state of ‘exhaustion’.

One resident nearby said ‘it looks like hell’ in a social media post, while another said he ‘hopes it’s not as bad as it looks’.

A tweet from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said ‘strong winds are pushing the fire and smoke’.

A spokesman for DW Fire added: ‘We received a call at 8:26pm this evening from a member of the public who could see a lot of smoke coming out of Studland Heath.

‘ Crews from Swanage (two), Westbourne, Poole, Christchurch, Hamworthy and Wimborne along with Land Rover pumps from Swanage, Poole, Hamworthy and Bere Regis, Unimog from Wareham and a water tanker also from Poole are currently participating. attend.

‘The approximately 600 square meter heathland site is safe, and our crews are working to put out the fire to protect nearby properties.’

About 600 square meters of heathland are ‘sky wells’ (Image: @UKXtremeWeather)
Six fire crews are battling the blaze (Image: @roseflower7)

People in nearby towns have posted pictures of hell online.

One person wrote: ‘Looks like there’s a big fire in Purbecks in Studland. You can see it from the cliffs of Southbourne. ‘

Studland and Godlingston Heath have been described as ‘the greatest unspoiled lowland in Dorset’.

The area is managed by the National Trust as a designated National Nature Reserve.

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