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Hundred acres of forest: In Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England, fire breaks out, inspiration for A.A. Milne's "Hundred Morning Woods" in Winnie-The-Pooh



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 Fire
The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called on Sunday evening to fight the flame that included 14 acres of forest that inspired the Hundred acres of forest in AA Milnes Winnie-The-Pooh.

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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.

  90th Anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh
The 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh was celebrated in 2016 in the "100 Acre Wood" in Ashdown Forest.

Matt Crossick

Ground nesting birds probably saw their eggs and nests burned to the ground, said Ashdown Forest Ranger, Chris Sutton. "Reptiles like white-tailed eagles and lizards could not move fast enough, and large animals such as foxes and deer could have left the area fairly quickly."

However, "not all is lost," said Sutton. "Grass will grow within four weeks, and in six months you probably will not know that too much has happened here."

It is not believed that the fire was deliberately triggered, reports the BBC. In February, the forest suffered two fires accidentally triggered by volunteers during a planned incineration.


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