Firefighters from across Hampshire tackled a 15 hectare fire in a forest. Crews were called to Star Hill near Hartley Wintney just before 7pm on Sunday, June 25.
At the height of the blaze, 16 fire appliances including engines and support vehicles were at the scene. And Forestry England had to put “fire breaks” in place to stop the flames from spreading.
Firefighters had originally asked locals to stay away from the area. And later revealed they expected to remain in the area overnight, and possibly into the coming days.
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A Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Multiple crews tackled a large fire in the open near Star Hill, Hartley Wintney.”
The service added: “Crews remain onsite of the fire at Hartley Wintney that has affected approximately 15 hectares of woodland.
“Thank you to Forestry England who have been assisting to create fire breaks. Plans for overnight are being put in place.”
Hartley Witney Fire Station crews revealed they expect to remain “overnight and in the coming days.”
A spokesman said: “Multiple crews have spent the afternoon dealing with a large forest fire in Warren Heath Plantation, Star Hill H/W. Crews will remain on site overnight and in the coming days. At its height, this incident went ‘make pumps 16’ with numerous support appliances also attending.”