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New Forest fire being treated as arson

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Police now believe a fire which engulfed 35 hectares of heathland in the New Forest could be arson.

Firefighters were called just after midnight on Tuesday 17th July to tackle the blaze at Rollestone Road in Holbury.

At its height, around 45 firefighters tackled the flames - which spanned the size of 50 football pitches.

A large area of gorse and bush land has been destroyed.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service brought the fire under control in the early hours of the morning. The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it is being treated as suspicious.