Over 150 firefighters called to Wareham Forest

Over 150 firefighters called to Wareham Forest

Published by George Sharpe at 5:15pm 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 10:07am 23rd May 2020)

More than 150 firefighters are back in Wareham Forest due to flareups

A large plume of smoke can be seen rising from the area, visible as far as Bournemouth.

Hotspots leftover from a blaze that broke out on Monday are flaring up due to strong wind in the area.

Firefighters are trying to keep on top of the hotspots to prevent the situation worsening.

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

"We've basically thrown as many resources as we can at it now, just to get it under control."

Wareham Forest Satellite
Satellite imagery shows 190 hectares of land affected by the fire.

Earlier this week, 190 hectares of land were affected by the blaze.

Social activity is being blamed as the cause for the fire, after barbecues, campfires and bottles were found in the area.

Dorset Police aren't treating the incident as malicious.

Think carefully this bank holiday

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue are urging us not to have barbecues or bonfires this weekend due to the increased risk of wildfires.

Using a barbecue anywhere other than your home garden poses a greater risk for wildfires.

Area Manager Craig Baker said:

"In light of the devastation at Wareham Forest and the AMBER wildfire alert, we are asking for the public’s help in ensuring our resources can be used for the vital support of communities by not having campfires or using disposable barbecues in our forests and heathlands.

"Whilst we understand that the dry weather will leave many wanting to go out and enjoy it, we cannot stress the importance of being fire-aware enough. This incident is a prime example of how a moment of carelessness can escalate, and the destruction it can cause.”

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