Where Is The Hundred Acre Wood? Fire Breaks Out In Winnie The Pooh-Inspired Forest

A forest in the United Kingdom that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood in the Winnie-the-Pooh book series caught fire over the weekend. Six fire crews battled the blaze that scorched roughly 37 acres of Ashdown Forest in Sussex County, the Sussex Express reported.

Officials do not believe the blaze that began Sunday night was started intentionally, but they say very dry underbrush led to the fire getting hotter and spreading rapidly, despite recent rain. Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire that burned acreage about the size of six soccer fields.

Andrew Gausden, the incident commander, said calls about the Ashdown Forest fire began coming about 9:30 p.m. local time Sunday.

"The fire took hold quickly and was significant with approximately 15 hectares [37 acres] alight in a valley area behind the back of Duddleswell," Gausden said. "It is always challenging with forest fires in gaining access. We used off-road vehicles [five Land Rovers] and received assistance from Kent Fire and Rescue who brought in their all-terrain vehicles to help access the scene."

Hannah Scott-Youlon, the assistant director of training and assurance for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, sent a tweet Sunday night with an aerial photo of the forest fire.

"Crews working hard in arduous conditions. Crews from @EastSussexFRS @WestSussexFire and @sussex_police including the drone and superbly supported by @Sussex_Fire_999," Scott-Youlon wrote.

Gausden added that Sussex police and Ashdown Forest rangers will continue investigating the cause.

"It's unusual to have a fire of this size at night. This seems to have caught hold before people noticed the fire," Gausden said.

Chris Sutton, an Ashdown Ranger forest ranger, said any eggs and ground-nesting birds would have most likely been destroyed in the fire. But Sutton said he believes the greenery will grow back in the next six months to leave a less noticeable burn scar.

"All is not lost - within four weeks we'll have grass growing and in six months you probably won't know too much has gone on here," Sutton said, the BBC reported.

A.A. Milne, who created the Winnie-the-Pooh books in the 1920s, lived near Hartfield, which is in the Ashdown Forest area. The woods inspired the Hundred Acre Wood for Winnie the Pooh and the adventures with his friends — Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Christopher Robin and others.

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