Huge wildfire inferno quickly heading towards Brit nudist beach

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A huge blaze has broken out in a nature reserve next to a nudist beach as fears over UK drought conditions continue to circulate.

The fire began near Knoll Beach in Dorset and is rapidly spreading along the county's Studland peninsula as tinder-dry hay creates the perfect conditions for the flames to spread.

The famous Studland beach, a popular UK nudist beach, is not far from the scene of the fire, meaning naturists may have to rethink their weekend plans.

Plumes of smoke are clearly visible from the Sandbanks resort, on the other side of Poole Harbour from the blaze.

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The chain ferry at Sandbanks, which carries tourists to Studland, has been suspended following the incident, and cars have been forced to evacuate it so the ferry could carry fire engines across to tackle the blaze.

It is understood at least four fire crews have attended the scene, with more on their way.

People have been instructed to avoid the area.

The fire broke out just after 1pm this afternoon (August 12).

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: "We were called to Studland Heath at 1.12pm for a large fire involving undergrowth and gorse.

"We have crews from Springbourne, Poole, Westbourne and Swanage in attendance, with other resources on the way.

"We are asking people to leave the heath for their own safety, and to avoid Ferry Road."

Eyewitness Becky Wood said: "Within minutes we saw fire engines come up as well as an ambulance. The ferry was pretty much full and they had to get all the cars to reverse off the ferry in order to get the fire trucks and ambulance in to take them over.

"They've closed off the Poole side and there is no traffic allowed over to Swanage, they're just diverting traffic and clearing the area.

"It seems to be getting worse. At first we could just see the smoke as it was behind Shell Bay, but within 15 minutes it had spread down and we could see the flames. We were all shocked at how quickly the fire spread.

"It's best everyone avoids the area because I think they'll be working for a while."

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