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Heath fire destroys forest land

Another heath fire in Dorset has destroyed an area of forest.

About 30 firefighters tackled the fire at Puddletown Forest, near Dorchester, in the early hours of Tuesday.

A spark from a vehicle is thought to have started the blaze, which destroyed about an acre (0.4 hectares) of land, but the cause is under investigation.

Fire crews spent an hour "damping down" the area to prevent flames re-igniting during hot weather expected throughout the day.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has fought more than 50 heath fires since 1 January.

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