Date: 18th May, 2020
Description: Over 150 firefighters are now tackling a large fire affecting approx. 100 hectares of heath and woodland at Wareham Forest, with the flames being fanned by strong winds. Sugar Hill and Bere Road have been closed as the smoke has made them impassable, and the A35 between Bere Regis and Morden Park Corner is also closed at this time. The smoke plume is affecting a wide area, and is being blown towards Bournemouth and Poole so, if you are affected and are concerned, please keep windows and doors closed as a precaution. Due to electricity pylons in the forest being affected by the fire, there will be some disruption to supplies in the local area. Please use the 105 service if you experience a power cut. At this stage, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Location: Sugar Hill, Bere Regis, Wareham, UK