Investigators believe they have found the cause of a major forest fire.

Following a fire investigation, which has been ongoing since Monday, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says it now believes the cause of a fire at Wareham Forest to be accidental, due to social activity in the forest.

They say they cannot pinpoint the exact cause, but they have found evidence of multiple disposable barbecues, campfires and glass bottles.

Due to the current weather and weekend forecast, there is an amber alert for wildfire.

This means that, should we experience another wildfire, it could spread quickly and easily due to the dry and windy conditions.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "As we have seen here, wildfires take a great deal of resources and time to bring under control. Please stay fire-aware when out and about and please stay vigilant.

"In light of all of this, please do not have campfires or use disposable barbecues in our forests and heathlands. As we have seen, the effect can be devastating."

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