Nine fire crews from across Dorset are currently battling two heath fires at two areas of heathland in the county.

Moreton heath has two fire engines from Dorchester, a 4x4 from Hamworthy, a water carrier from Bridport and a fire engine and Unimog heavy vehicle from Wareham in attendance.

A spokesman for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called to Gatemore Road, Moreton at 1.55pm for a heath and gorse fire affecting an area of approximately 25 metres by 25 metres.

"Three fire engines from Wareham and Dorchester (two), a Unimog from Wareham, a Land Rover pump from Hamworthy and a water carrier from Bridport were mobilised; the Wareham appliances and Land Rover are still in attendance, the water carrier is due to be released from scene shortly.

"The fire was out by 2.40pm. Firefighters continue to damp down."

In a separate blaze at Holton Heath there are three fire engines from Poole.

The spokesman said: "We were called to Station Road, Holton Heath at 12.56pm for a heath fire affecting an area of approximately 20 metres by 10 metres.

"Two fire engines and a Land Rover pump from Poole were mobilised; one fire engine is still there for damping down, the stop came at 2.42pm."

Crews from Weymouth, Beaminster and Westborne are all on standby.