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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 April 2006, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
In pictures: Upton Heath blaze

Upton Heath fire

The fire on Upton Heath, which began on Saturday afternoon, was spotted by a Dorset Police helicopter patrol team

Upton Heath fire

Flames raged across the Dorset landscape, destroying 15 hectares (37 acres) of wildlife habitat

Upton Heath fire

About 80 firefighters in 15 engines and 10 land rovers battled the blaze throughout Saturday afternoon and evening

Upton Heath fire

The raging flames threatened peoples' homes and properties. This picture was taken at the end of Beacon Road.

Upton Heath fire

At one point police feared four properties, including this one, were at risk and residents were evacuated

Upton Heath fire

Police said the blaze started near the Beacon Hill landfill site and swept towards the A350 and A35

Upton Heath fire

It is feared the fire, which could be seen for miles around, destroyed the natural habitat of many wild animals and plants

Upton Heath fire

Police said they had begun an investigation into the cause of the blaze

Upton Heath fire

Fire crews brought the flames under control at about 2000 BST but remained through the night to dampen the area down




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