Huge heather fire in Studland: what we know so far

Fire crews from across the county rushed towards a massive heather blaze in Studland that could be seen for miles.

The Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) was called shortly before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening over a fire at Godlingstone Heath, Studland.

The orange flames could be seen from Southbourne, as firefighters urged people to avoid the area.

A DWFRS spokesperson said: “We received a call at 8:26 pm tonight from a member of the public who could see a lot of smoke coming from Studland Heath.

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

“About 600 square meters of heathland are well lit, and our teams are working hard to install a firebreak to protect neighboring properties. ”

Photo: Carolyn Reece

Strong winds caused flames and smoke throughout the region.

Godlingstone Heath covers 759 acres and is open to visitors year round.

Four acres of it were destroyed in a heather fire in 2010.

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