AROUND 75 firefighters tackled a new fire in a different area of Wareham Forest.

Residents in the surrounding area were urged to keep windows and doors closed due to the amount of smoke rising from the blaze.

More than a dozen fire engines and other resources rushed to the scene yesterday afternoon.

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Crews at the latest fire at Wareham Forest. Picture: Simon RowleyCrews at the latest fire at Wareham Forest. Picture: Simon Rowley

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the incident was in a different location from the devastating blaze they had been tackling for several weeks at Wareham Forest.

A DWFRS spokeswoman said: "Firefighters were called to the scene at 12.20pm and found approximately 1.25 hectares alight. Twelve fire appliances, three water carriers, two Land Rover pumps and a Unimog are currently on site, with approximately 75 firefighters.

"While the flame front was extinguished, a considerable damping down operation is underway and this is likely to continue for at least a day, depending on the weather conditions."

Swanage and Wareham Voice: More than a dozen fire engines and other resources attended the scene. Picture: Simon RowleyMore than a dozen fire engines and other resources attended the scene. Picture: Simon Rowley

Support was given by Forestry England staff, however, it appeared that the Site of Special Scientific Interest is unaffected.

A fire investigation was due to be carried out.