Dorset

Dorset fire crews tackle two heathland fires

  • 2 August 2010
  • From the section Dorset
Unimog vehicle
Image caption The Unimog was used to extinguish the fire at Wareham Forest

Two fires have destroyed areas of heathland in south Dorset.

The first fire in West Parley, near Bournemouth Airport, began on Sunday afternoon and destroyed 20 sq m (215 sq ft) of heath.

Police were called as the fire service said they believed it has been started deliberately.

The second fire destroyed 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of land at Wareham Forest shortly afterwards. The cause was thought to be accidental.

A 4X4 Unimog, used for tough terrain, was later drafted in to extinguish the flames.

The first fire was close to overhead electricity cables and was extinguished using "beaters".

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites