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Sixth Dorset heath fire 'could be arson'

Burnt heathland at Studland
Firefighters have been called to a number of suspected arson attacks

A sixth heath fire in east Dorset in the space of a month is believed to have been started deliberately.

Firefighters were called to West Moors Plantation near Ferndown at about 0240 BST where about 1,000 sq-m (0.25 acres) of heath and scrub were alight.

Crews from Ferndown, Wimborne, Ringwood, Poole, Hamworthy and Blandford attended and the fire was brought under control by 0345 BST.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue said arsonists may have been to blame.

The fire is the sixth on heathland in east Dorset in recent weeks.

Crews were called to a similar incident at West Moors Plantation on Friday 16 April.

On Saturday crews were called to the Sandford Woods area of Wareham to a fire, believed to have been started deliberately.

There was also a fire on the same patch of land a week earlier, when about a large amount of gorse and heathland was damaged.

In another attack 25 acres of gorse and heathland was damaged at Coronella Hill, Studland.



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