Three Heath Fires In Five Hours

28 April 2010, 06:13 | Updated: 29 April 2010, 07:10

160 firefighters tackled three seperate heath fires in Dorset on Tuesday.

At approximately 11.50am Dorset Fire were called to a fire on Hurn Road at Matchams. The road had to be closed as it took crews almost 3 hours to put it out. Approximately five hectares of heathland was affected by this blaze, and they don't know yet how it started.

Just before 12pm another fire broke out on heath Creech Bottom, Stoborough, destroying another five hectares of heathland.

Dorset Fire say this one was started deliberately.

Finally, just before 5pm firefighters were called to another smaller heath fire at Ferry Road on Studland. They think it was started accidentally.