Huge fire breaks out at National Trust nature reserve

A huge blaze is raging at a National Trust nature reserve in Dorset.

Six fire crews are battling flames at Studland Heath as the fire is ‘seen for miles’.

Locals have been ordered to stay away as approximately 600 square metres of heathland is ‘well alight’.

ADorset and Wiltshire Fire Service spokesperson said: ‘We received a call at 8.26pm this evening from a member of the public who could see a lot of smoke coming from Studland Heath.

‘Crews from Swanage (two), Westbourne, Poole, Christchurch, Hamworthy and Wimborne along with Land Rover pumps from Swanage, Poole, Hamworthy and Bere Regis, the Unimog from Wareham and a water carrier also from Poole are currently in attendance.

‘Approximately 600 square metres of heathland is well alight, and our crews are working hard to put in a fire break to protect neighbouring properties.’

A tweet from the fire service said ‘strong winds are driving the fire and smoke’ and asked the public to ‘please avoid the area where possible’.

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