ABOUT 30 firefighters from two counties tackled a blaze which destroyed a large area of Hampshire heathland.

The blaze, which broke out at Plumley Wood, near Ringwood, yesterday afternoon affected an area 200 x 200 metres.

Six fire engines, two Land Rovers and two water carriers were sent to the scene.

Ringwood Fire Station tweeted: "Large fire in the open. Multiple seats of fire over a wide expanse."

Crews from eight fire stations across Hampshire and Dorset - Beaulieu, Burley, Eastleigh, Ferndown, Fordingbridge, Lyndhurst, Springbourne and Verwood tackled the flames.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the area was re-inspected this morning but no burning areas or hot-spots were found.