"Lives at Risk" After Third Heath Fire in Dorset
7:14am 18th July 2013
Dorset Police haven't managed to pin down who's responsible for a massive heath fire the size of 10 football pitches earlier this week.
60 fire-fighters battled the blaze on Canford Heath Tuesday night (16th July) and they were on the scene for 24 hours.
Investigators say it's lucky the fire didn't spread to nearby houses. It's the 3rd fire which Police say was started deliberately in the past week.
Poole North Neighbourhood Inspector Ian Roe said: "Dorset Police is investigating this fire which we are treating as arson.
"I would urge anyone who witnessed the ignition of this fire and anyone with information about those responsible to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.
"Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and our partners in the Urban Heaths Partnership invest a significant amount of time patrolling the various heathland areas and work hard to educate the public about the dangers and environmental impact of starting fires on heathland.
"Not only do fires like this have a huge effect upon wildlife, but they can quickly get out of control and put the public at significant risk as they spread, especially given the proximity to residential areas.
"We will be continuing our patrols over the coming weeks and will deal robustly with any anti-social behaviour."