FIRE crews from seven separate stations were called to a two-hectare blaze in woodland near Bere Regis last night.

At 10.22pm, following a 999 call regarding a fire in the woods near Sugar Hill a fire engine from Wareham was dispatched.

The crew arrived within 10 minutes and confirmed that there was a fire, said a spokesman.

Due to the off road location of the fire the incident, the commander then requested the attendance of four heavy off road appliances which were sent from Poole, Swanage, Weymouth and Wimborne, a water carrier from Poole and two Landrover pumps which were sent from Bere Regis and Hamworthy.

The command unit from Hamworthy and Wareham also attended. The fire involved two hectares of heathland and was extinguished using six hose reel jets.

Crews from Blandford then remained overnight, looking for and damping down hot spots.