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Cause of fire revealed as another 1.25 hectares burn at Wareham

Wareham Forest Fire
Photo: Swanage Fire Station

Three weeks ago, a major fire swept through Wareham Forest. It burned for 10 days, destroyed over 220 hectares of forest and involved hundreds of firefighters.

Yesterday, a new fire started in Wareham Forest. At least 75 firefighters, 12 fire engines and other equipment was deployed to tackle the blaze, with many more arriving and some staying overnight.

An investigation by the fire service has revealed that the cause of the fire was a flare-up, where a tree trunk continued to burn underground after the fire was put out. With dry conditions and with the help of some wind, the burning was brought up and it spread through the heath and woods.

Here are a few photos from ‘Andy W’ showing some of the destruction that the recent fires have caused:

The fire service has been attending the scene overnight, with many local crews at the scene, and are continuing to campaign against the use of disposable barbecues and bonfires, which were the cause of the previous fire.

An initial fire investigation has concluded that a fire which flared up within Wareham Forest yesterday is connected to the one which started three weeks ago.

Firefighters have found evidence of deep subterranean burning deep within a tree trunk which made it to the surface and then was fanned by the wind.

Crews were called to the scene at 12.20pm yesterday and found approximately 1.25 hectares alight. Twelve fire appliances, three water carriers, two Land Rover pumps and a Unimog were initially on site, with approximately 75 firefighters, although this has now been scaled back.

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