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Swinley Forest fire 'largest in Berkshire's history'

  • 5-5-2011

A fire in Swinley Forest near Bracknell has become the largest in Berkshire's history, according to fire chiefs.

Olaf Baars, deputy chief fire officer, said that in terms of resources deployed it has exceeded the scale of the 1992 Windsor Castle fire.

Mr Baars said however, he believed the fire, which is affecting 300 hectares of forest, would soon be contained.

Although smaller than other wildfires burning in the UK, it is the only one close to a built-up area, he added.

The fire is also burning close to the high-security Broadmoor Hospital.

Two teenagers have been bailed after they were arrested on suspicion of arson by police investigating the fire.

Thames Valley Police said the arrests of the boys, both 14, were "not necessarily linked" to the fires in the forest.

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