UK wildfires rip through 'Winnie the Pooh' forest

2019-02-28 05:12
Damage caused by a wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, near Marsden in West Yorkshire, north England. (Richard McCarthy, PA via AP)

Damage caused by a wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, near Marsden in West Yorkshire, north England. (Richard McCarthy, PA via AP)

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Unseasonably warm and dry weather have fueled fires in Britain, with blazes at Ashdown Forest – made famous by the "Winnie the Pooh" books – as well as West Yorkshire's Saddleworth Moor and Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

Crews extinguished two wildfires in East Sussex's Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for the fictional Hundred Acre Wood in the classic books by A.A. Milne. Ashdown Forest Rangers were not available for comment on Wednesday to discuss the extent of the damage.

Firefighters are expected to bring the moor fire and the Arthur's Seat fires under control on Wednesday.

Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit 21.2°C in London.

Wet and windy conditions are predicted for the coming days.

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