Fans of "Winnie-the-Pooh" know the beloved bear and his friends live in "Hundred Acre Wood", but the real forest that inspired children's story – Ashdown Forest – is destroyed by flames, BBC News reports.
Nearly 50 acres of Ashdown Forest in Sussex County, UK, had been burned until Monday night. At the height of the fire, six fire crews were on site. The rescue crew has since been downsized to four crew members, said a fire department spokesman.
"It's unusual to see a fire of this size at night, which seems to settle down before people notice the fire," the spokesman said. "The undergrowth was very dry in the forest despite the recent rains, and the fire started fairly quickly."
Ashdown Forest was once home to author A.A. Milne. The creator of "Winnie-the-Pooh" lived in the area near Hartfield in the 1920s, when he came up with "The Hundred Acre Woods"
. The forest was originally used for stag hunting, but is now under national and international protection for its wildlife. While Winnie-the-Pooh and friends are just imaginary inhabitants, many living beings live in the woods, which now suffer from the fire.