Dorset

Firefighters tackle blaze near Corfe Castle

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Media captionFire breaks on on a hillside near Corfe Castle in Dorset

Firefighters tackled a large blaze on a hillside close to Corfe Castle.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue had two engines, a Land Rover pump and two engines from Poole, including off road vehicles on the scene.

The fire started on a large area of steeply sloping railway embankment and hillside which Corfe Castle staff said began as "a controlled burn".

The Swanage Railway was suspended while the fire was alight but has resumed service.

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Image caption Corfe Castle posted on twitter that the blaze started as a controlled burn

Geography students from Purbeck School were due to have a trip around the castle but it has been cancelled due to the fire.

The National Trust, which owns Corfe Castle, said the fire had not started on its land but smoke made it difficult to access to building.

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Image caption The Swanage Railway which runs nearby has been suspended

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