Dorset heathland burning for fire research

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An area of Dorset heathland is to be set on fire as part of research into the effects of heath fires.

Dorset County Council said the week-long "research burns" at Blackdown near Martinstown would provide data on soil temperature and the effects of weather.

Robert Gould, from the council, said that wildlife in the area would be relocated before the fires.

It follows a fire at Upton Heath in June which destroyed 140 acres of heath land as well as rare wildlife.

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