Colehill heathland blaze sparked by camp fire

  • 5 August 2014
  • From the section Dorset

An unattended camp fire is thought to be to blame for a blaze that destroyed an area of heathland in Dorset.

About 40 firefighters spent two hours battling the flames at Canon Hill Plantation at Colehill, Wimborne, on Monday.

Two pumps, two off-road fire engines, four Land Rovers and a UNIMOG off-road truck were called to the area of heath and trees shortly after 17:30 BST.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said the cause was believed to be accidental.

The fire was out by about 19:30, but about 100m (330ft) by 150m (500ft) of heath was destroyed.

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