October 26, 2020

Wareham Forest fire flare-ups continue to spread after six days

Strong winds are still helping spread a forest fire which has been burning for six days in Dorset.

More than 150 firefighters remain at Wareham Forest dealing with hotspots and flare-ups. About 500 acres (200 hectares) have so far been damaged.

A helicopter was brought in to “water bomb” the area as smoke drifted as far as Bournemouth.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) said winds of up to 45mph were proving a “huge risk”.

Officials have urged people to avoid the area.

A tactical wildfire team from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has joined the efforts to tackle the blaze and is helping to carry out overnight “controlled burns” to curb its spread.

DWFRS said water supply was a “real challenge” and more than five miles of hose was being used to extract water from the River Piddle to be brought close to the fire sites.

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