Fire crews battled a heath fire in Arne on Thursday evening.

It is the second such large blaze this week after an area of heathland in Christchurch went up in smoke on Tuesday.

The service was called at 6.12pm to deal with a “large area of heath well alight” on the Purbeck nature reserve, which is visible from across Poole Bay in Hamworthy.

There were eight pumping engines at the scene, along with the service’s unimog allterrain vehicle and four 4x4 vehicles.

RSPB said 0.7 hectares of heathland had been affected in the blaze.

There are no reports of any people being injured.

The fire service said a stop message was received at 10.27pm and all appliances and crews left the scene. 

On Wednesday, Dorset Police announced an increase in patrols as the blaze the previous day, on Town Common near St Catherine’s Hill, is thought to have been started deliberately.

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust said the damage would leave the area devoid of wildlife for 15 years.