Crews tackle heathland fire in Dorset

Firefighter at the heath blaze at Turners Puddle
Image caption The cause of the fire is under investigation (picture from Dorset fire service)

About 50 firefighters have been tackling a large heath fire in Dorset.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service was called to Turners Puddle, between Bere Regis and Clouds Hill, on Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman said.

The fire, across six hectares (15 acres) of gorse, was being fanned by the wind. Crews were trying to stop it spreading to nearby Ministry of Defence land.

A police helicopter was monitoring the spread of the fire.

It is not yet known how it started.

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