A huge fire has broken out at a National Trust nature reserve which can be seen from miles away.

The massive blaze at Studland Heath is raging after the brigade were called to tackle the blaze earlier this evening.

The fire can be clearly seen from Poole, Dorset - around five miles from the park.

It has been claimed that 600 square metres is alight with strong winds only making the situation more dangerous.

Dorset and Wiltshire fire service told people to keep away after attending the fire.

A spokesperson for the brigade said: "We received a call at 8.26pm this evening from a member of the public who could see a lot of smoke coming from Studland Heath.

"Crews from Swanage (two), Westbourne, Poole, Christchurch, Hamworthy and Wimborne along with Land Rover pumps from Swanage, Poole, Hamworthy and Bere Regis, the Unimog from Wareham and a water carrier also from Poole are currently in attendance.

"Approximately 600 square metres of heathland is well alight, and our crews are working hard to put in a fire break to protect neighbouring properties."

More crews have been mobilised, locals reports state.

Managed by the National Trust, Studland Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

People from nearby towns have taken to social media to post photos of the flames.

One wrote: "Looks like there's a big fire over in the Purbecks at Studland. You can see it from the cliffs at Southbourne."

Another said: "It looks like a massive fire."

It appears to be the second huge fire at Studland Heath after four acres of forest was destroyed in 2010.