Campfire at RSPB Arne could have been 'disastrous'

Campfire at RSPB Arne could have been 'disastrous'

Published by George Sharpe at 12:02pm 20th July 2020.

A campfire at a patch of protected woodland could have been 'disastrous' if it hadn't been spotted when it was.

Wareham Fire station were called to the RSPB site at Arne Road at 12:52 pm yesterday (Sunday 19th June).

Firefighters say the situation could have easily gotten out of hand.

Camp fire at RSPB Arne

A spokesperson for Wareham Fire Station said:

"Without the rain fall last night, and the keen eyes of an RSPB volunteer, who found area, it could’ve been disastrous. 

"Please only camp at a dedicated campsite and you are not allowed to camp on RSBP land."

Camp fire at RSPB Arne

A fire engine from Wareham and a light 4X4 pump from Swanage attended. 

One hose reel jet was used to ensure the affected area was fully extinguished. The fire was put out at 1:54 pm.

A spokesperson from  RSPB Arne thank the fire station for saving the nature reserve: 

"Very grateful to the fire officers who attended our beautiful reserve today and put out a peat fire. 

"There are plenty of signs warning people about fire risk in the local area, including one at the reserve entrance.

"We were lucky to find this when we did as it could have smouldered away under the ground and spread over a much greater area.

"Thank you to our visitors today who followed our guidance and left the affected area and thank you to the fire officers from Wareham fire station."