VIDEO: Heathland damaged by Studland fire could take 30 years to recover

Fire crews called to large heath fire at Studland

VIDEO: Studland heath fire "started deliberately" say fire service

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A WILDFIRE that destroyed approximately one hectare of heath, gorse and trees at Studland yesterday was probably started deliberately, firefighters say.

Around 60 Dorset Fire and Rescue Service firefighters attended the blaze, which took hold close to the Knoll House Hotel, Ferry Road, around 1.30pm.

Six fire engines, seven Land Rovers and the Unimog all-terrain vehicle were used to fight the large blaze. One firefighter was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of heat.

Smoke could even be seen from Bournemouth beach.

National Trust spokesman Jon Bish told the Daily Echo: “We are still assessing the situation after this particular fire but mature heathland like this can take about 30 years until it reaches its full potential again.

“As an example, there was a fire on Studland Heath in May 2008 which was a bit larger, about six acres. We estimated around 500 reptiles were either killed in the fire or eaten by predators trying to escape.”

At one point around 60 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control, which took hold close to Knoll House Hotel, Ferry Road, around 1.30pm.

Investigations into how the blaze started are ongoing.

Incident commander Sean Frampton told the Daily Echo: “We had difficulties getting access. Only smaller, lighter vehicles were able to be used to get us to the fire because of the terrain.”

He said it took an hour-and-a-half to bring the blaze under control, to the stage where firefighters could concentrate on damping down.

Fire investigation officers will also examine charred remains in a bid to pinpoint what caused the fire.

Mr Frampton said: “It’s been a hot day and crews worked extremely hard to put the fire out.
“The fire was probably deliberate and we will be investigating.

Obviously, at this time of year heath fires are going to spread quite quickly. It is very dry and we’ve had a lot of growth.

“People really need to take extra care when it comes to disposing of cigarettes and barbecues, just be careful on the heath.

“The wind we had today forced the fire inland away from the sea. If it had been a little bit stronger, people walking on the heath could have become caught out.”

 

MT (via @mattnortham) this is the view of Studland fire from (I'm guessing) Canford Cliffs-Lunch with this view ftw. pic.twitter.com/9EeBs86DKe

— Steve Harris (@SteveHarrisDJ) July 8, 2013

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4:15pm Mon 8 Jul 13

BoscVegas says...

what does FTW at the end of that tweet mean?
what does FTW at the end of that tweet mean? BoscVegas
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4:17pm Mon 8 Jul 13

cycletourer says...

Can never understand why people wish to destroy nature for either the hell of it or just to give themselves a buzz.Do they not realize that people put their lives at risk to sort out the mess these idiots create.
Can never understand why people wish to destroy nature for either the hell of it or just to give themselves a buzz.Do they not realize that people put their lives at risk to sort out the mess these idiots create. cycletourer
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4:25pm Mon 8 Jul 13

Phixer says...

BoscVegas wrote:
what does FTW at the end of that tweet mean?
Suggest you ask your Google friend. Couldn't possibly offer a meaning in this forum.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: what does FTW at the end of that tweet mean?[/p][/quote]Suggest you ask your Google friend. Couldn't possibly offer a meaning in this forum. Phixer
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4:28pm Mon 8 Jul 13

Phixer says...

cycletourer wrote:
Can never understand why people wish to destroy nature for either the hell of it or just to give themselves a buzz.Do they not realize that people put their lives at risk to sort out the mess these idiots create.
I don't condone arson but fire is natures way of re-generating forests and heathlands. It removes dead vegetation and allows new growth. Some plant seeds lie dormant for years until the heat of a fire, and the removal of choking vegetation, allows them to spring into life.
[quote][p][bold]cycletourer[/bold] wrote: Can never understand why people wish to destroy nature for either the hell of it or just to give themselves a buzz.Do they not realize that people put their lives at risk to sort out the mess these idiots create.[/p][/quote]I don't condone arson but fire is natures way of re-generating forests and heathlands. It removes dead vegetation and allows new growth. Some plant seeds lie dormant for years until the heat of a fire, and the removal of choking vegetation, allows them to spring into life. Phixer
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5:06pm Mon 8 Jul 13

cazzia says...

But this isn't natures way its arson and so although you say fire is good in this case it will take years to get back what was killed and damaged as is the situation at upton heath.
But this isn't natures way its arson and so although you say fire is good in this case it will take years to get back what was killed and damaged as is the situation at upton heath. cazzia
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5:35pm Mon 8 Jul 13

molehill59 says...

The vegetation may grow back but the creatures and birds that lived there might not see it that way. They must have been terrified. Lets hope not too many were killed. The Thoughtless morons who did this should have been trapped in it themselves. Scum.
The vegetation may grow back but the creatures and birds that lived there might not see it that way. They must have been terrified. Lets hope not too many were killed. The Thoughtless morons who did this should have been trapped in it themselves. Scum. molehill59
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6:06pm Mon 8 Jul 13

scrumpyjack says...

BoscVegas wrote:
what does FTW at the end of that tweet mean?
For the win or f*** the world.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: what does FTW at the end of that tweet mean?[/p][/quote]For the win or f*** the world. scrumpyjack
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6:12pm Mon 8 Jul 13

cycletourer says...

molehill59 wrote:
The vegetation may grow back but the creatures and birds that lived there might not see it that way. They must have been terrified. Lets hope not too many were killed. The Thoughtless morons who did this should have been trapped in it themselves. Scum.
The sad thing is by instinct many animals,Lizards etc on heathland will head underground to protect themselves.Heathfire
s tend to spread by igniting the roots etc underground allowing the fire to spread without being visible above ground.Really is sad that people set out to do these stupid things.
[quote][p][bold]molehill59[/bold] wrote: The vegetation may grow back but the creatures and birds that lived there might not see it that way. They must have been terrified. Lets hope not too many were killed. The Thoughtless morons who did this should have been trapped in it themselves. Scum.[/p][/quote]The sad thing is by instinct many animals,Lizards etc on heathland will head underground to protect themselves.Heathfire s tend to spread by igniting the roots etc underground allowing the fire to spread without being visible above ground.Really is sad that people set out to do these stupid things. cycletourer
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6:15pm Mon 8 Jul 13

cycletourer says...

Phixer wrote:
cycletourer wrote:
Can never understand why people wish to destroy nature for either the hell of it or just to give themselves a buzz.Do they not realize that people put their lives at risk to sort out the mess these idiots create.
I don't condone arson but fire is natures way of re-generating forests and heathlands. It removes dead vegetation and allows new growth. Some plant seeds lie dormant for years until the heat of a fire, and the removal of choking vegetation, allows them to spring into life.
Nature can look after itself without human interferance.I understand though what you are saying.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cycletourer[/bold] wrote: Can never understand why people wish to destroy nature for either the hell of it or just to give themselves a buzz.Do they not realize that people put their lives at risk to sort out the mess these idiots create.[/p][/quote]I don't condone arson but fire is natures way of re-generating forests and heathlands. It removes dead vegetation and allows new growth. Some plant seeds lie dormant for years until the heat of a fire, and the removal of choking vegetation, allows them to spring into life.[/p][/quote]Nature can look after itself without human interferance.I understand though what you are saying. cycletourer
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6:20pm Mon 8 Jul 13

mattn says...

(Just to clarify, the ftw was a 'for the win' about the great view, not the fire. Only realised that was there afterwards & hadn't realised the photo would be referenced here!)
(Just to clarify, the ftw was a 'for the win' about the great view, not the fire. Only realised that was there afterwards & hadn't realised the photo would be referenced here!) mattn
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8:29pm Mon 8 Jul 13

steveatbournemouth says...

The number of BBQ's on the beach on Saturday didn't help & no one stopped them.
The number of BBQ's on the beach on Saturday didn't help & no one stopped them. steveatbournemouth
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8:34pm Mon 8 Jul 13

adspacebroker says...

Its about time someone spilled the beans on these scum mongers before someone gets killed!
Its about time someone spilled the beans on these scum mongers before someone gets killed! adspacebroker
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8:52pm Mon 8 Jul 13

uvox44 says...

was at the beach here and aside from moronic arsonists it was disgusting to see the amount of litter left everywhere- not only unsightly but a hazard to wildlife and a potential cause of fire (glass bottles can start fires ). Very sad that selfish selfish people will go to a lovely beach but can't be arsed to bother to take their rubbish with them.
was at the beach here and aside from moronic arsonists it was disgusting to see the amount of litter left everywhere- not only unsightly but a hazard to wildlife and a potential cause of fire (glass bottles can start fires ). Very sad that selfish selfish people will go to a lovely beach but can't be arsed to bother to take their rubbish with them. uvox44
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9:46pm Mon 8 Jul 13

a.g.o.g. says...

Part of the problem here must be the removal of near all trees and gorse mainly that previously separated Ferry Road from The Heath on both sides to not only improve the view to the Drive-Thro Eco Tourist (remember?) but make it more accessible and inviting to not only the the everyday walker but hiker and biker to the point where, on fine days such as those which again bring fire, sees Ferry Road near lined with the parked cars of they so drawn along with, possibly, those of different motive who take advantage of such cover even though for my money I would bet on mindlessly/uncouthly discarded bottles/glass focusing the Suns powerful rays on dry grass and such
as the cause of most non-roadside fires.
Part of the problem here must be the removal of near all trees and gorse mainly that previously separated Ferry Road from The Heath on both sides to not only improve the view to the Drive-Thro Eco Tourist (remember?) but make it more accessible and inviting to not only the the everyday walker but hiker and biker to the point where, on fine days such as those which again bring fire, sees Ferry Road near lined with the parked cars of they so drawn along with, possibly, those of different motive who take advantage of such cover even though for my money I would bet on mindlessly/uncouthly discarded bottles/glass focusing the Suns powerful rays on dry grass and such as the cause of most non-roadside fires. a.g.o.g.
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10:00am Tue 9 Jul 13

Holes Bay Curve says...

The area between Swanage and Studland has been the target for a number of random arson attacks for the past few summers , and all seem happen on weekdays (when the kids should be at school) .
The area between Swanage and Studland has been the target for a number of random arson attacks for the past few summers , and all seem happen on weekdays (when the kids should be at school) . Holes Bay Curve
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11:27am Tue 9 Jul 13

Tony Trent says...

If they catch the arsonists perhaps they can be fined the £2,000 for each protected creature killed plus the cost of the fire call out. Instead they'll probably just get a weeks probation. I'm beginning to sound like a grumpy old man, but it is so frustrating to see this type of thing happen over and over again. Don't they realise that in many places the open spaces have only survived the developers and road builders because of the wildlife!
If they catch the arsonists perhaps they can be fined the £2,000 for each protected creature killed plus the cost of the fire call out. Instead they'll probably just get a weeks probation. I'm beginning to sound like a grumpy old man, but it is so frustrating to see this type of thing happen over and over again. Don't they realise that in many places the open spaces have only survived the developers and road builders because of the wildlife! Tony Trent
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2:54pm Tue 9 Jul 13

stevobath says...

uvox44 wrote:
was at the beach here and aside from moronic arsonists it was disgusting to see the amount of litter left everywhere- not only unsightly but a hazard to wildlife and a potential cause of fire (glass bottles can start fires ). Very sad that selfish selfish people will go to a lovely beach but can't be arsed to bother to take their rubbish with them.
Yes. Sand & sea are always going up in flames..But seriously I agree, but the rubbish is nothing new. I gre up in Southbourne & it was always a rubbish fest when the 'Weekenders' FOOKED off home. Nothing new, people who come from ****holes treat everything else in the same way.

It's no different in Bath. World Heritage Site. Come to the Royal Crescent at the end of a hot day. Piles of rubbish everywhere. Thing is, in Bath its illegal to drink in public, yet I NEVER see anyone, underage drinkers included getting pulled up & issued with fines. It's the same in most tourist places unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: was at the beach here and aside from moronic arsonists it was disgusting to see the amount of litter left everywhere- not only unsightly but a hazard to wildlife and a potential cause of fire (glass bottles can start fires ). Very sad that selfish selfish people will go to a lovely beach but can't be arsed to bother to take their rubbish with them.[/p][/quote]Yes. Sand & sea are always going up in flames..But seriously I agree, but the rubbish is nothing new. I gre up in Southbourne & it was always a rubbish fest when the 'Weekenders' FOOKED off home. Nothing new, people who come from ****holes treat everything else in the same way. It's no different in Bath. World Heritage Site. Come to the Royal Crescent at the end of a hot day. Piles of rubbish everywhere. Thing is, in Bath its illegal to drink in public, yet I NEVER see anyone, underage drinkers included getting pulled up & issued with fines. It's the same in most tourist places unfortunately. stevobath
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