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Dorset firefighters tackle heath fire in Poole

Firefighters at the heath fire at Matchams
Earlier in the week heathland was destroyed in a fire at Matchams

Firefighters have tackled another heath fire overnight in Dorset.

Crews were alerted to the fire at Ham Common in Hamworthy, Poole, at 2200 BST on Saturday by sailors out in Poole Harbour.

A pumping appliance and 4x4 vehicle were sent but crews called for back up to get the fire under control.

There have been 11 heath fires in the county in the space of a month. Earlier this week, more than 140 firefighters tackled three heath fires.

The cause of the latest fire is currently unknown.

Crews remained at the scene to "damp down" the area until about midnight.

The fires earlier in the week affected heathland at Matchams, where smoke was drifting across the A338 Bournemouth spur road, Stoborough, near Wareham, and Studland.

At the height of the Matcham's fire, there were 100 firefighters from across east Dorset in attendance.

The Stoborough fire was believed to have been started deliberately.

Every year, the number of heath fires started deliberately increases as the evenings become lighter.

In March, the fire service began carrying out patrols on mountain bikes on heathland around Bournemouth and Poole to try to tackle the fires.

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