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Fire keeps Swinley Forest closed over the weekend

  • 5-6-2011

Swinley Forest in Berkshire will remain closed off over the weekend as crews continue to battle the fires there.

They have been burning in woodland near Ascot and Bracknell since Monday as dry peat burns underground but the fire service said they were now contained.

Up to 300 firefighters from seven county forces have been using hoses to dampen down "hot spots" more than 300 hectares (740 acres).

Fire chiefs have said it is the largest blaze in the county's history.

They said it exceeded the scale of the 1992 Windsor Castle fire in terms of resources deployed.

Meanwhile, residents and workers evacuated from nearby houses and businesses have been told they may be allowed back this weekend, since the fires are now considered under control.

However people have been told to stay away from the area over the weekend and forest attractions, such as the outdoor activity attraction Go Ape, will remain shut.

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