Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fire rips through Hazeley Heath nature reserve

Hazeley Heath Image copyright Hartley Wintney Facebook page
Image caption Ten crews were sent to Hazeley Heath at the height of the blaze

A fire at a nature reserve in Hampshire has destroyed 12 hectares of heathland.

Crews spent more than 14 hours tackling the blaze at Hazeley Heath, near Hartley Wintney, after being called at 17:27 BST on Thursday.

The heath is a designated site of special scientific interest and home to several species of protected wildlife.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the flames were brought under control by 07:15. No injuries were reported and the cause is not yet known.

Image copyright Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The fire destroyed 12 hectares of heathland

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