Page last updated at 09:55 GMT, Sunday, 2 May 2010 10:55 UK

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.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Crews called to three heath fires
27 Apr 10 |  Dorset
Common heath fire 'arson' tackled
24 Apr 10 |  Dorset
Sixth heath fire 'could be arson'
22 Apr 10 |  Dorset
Fifth heath arson in three weeks
18 Apr 10 |  Dorset
Fire crews tackle huge heath fire
13 Apr 10 |  Dorset
Heath fire patrols get on bikes
13 Mar 10 |  England

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific