Dorset

Dorset firefighters tackle heath fire in Swanage

  • 18 June 2010
  • From the section Dorset

Up to 20 firefighters have tackled another heath fire in Dorset.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said they received 60 calls from the public alerting them about the fire at Ballard Down in New Swanage at about 1336 BST.

It took almost three hours for the fire crews to extinguish 600sqm (0.15 acres) of gorse that was alight.

There were 11 heath fires in the county in May. The cause of the latest blaze is unknown. Crews remain at the scene to "damp down" the area.

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