By Stacey Leasca
April 29, 2019
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A fire broke out on Sunday night in Ashdown Forest, in East Sussex, England. The Ashdown Forest was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood.

According to CNN, the blaze began around 9:30 p.m. local time Sunday. The fire spread to up to 50 acres, the BBC reported.

Firefighters quickly made it to the scene, however, the fire was able to spread due to dry undergrowth in the area.

“This seems to have caught hold before people noticed the fire,” Andrew Gausden, commander of the fire station, told reporters. “It's unusual to have a fire of this size at night. The undergrowth was very dry in the forest, despite the recent rain, and the fire caught quite quickly.”

The firefighters contained the flames early Monday morning.

“All is not lost,” said Chris Sutton, an Ashdown Ranger forest ranger, according to the BBC. “Within four weeks we'll have grass growing and in six months you probably won't know too much has gone on here.”

Officials noted the fire did not appear to be set deliberately.

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A.A. Milne, the author of the Winnie the Pooh series, lived near the forest in Cotchford Farm, Hartfield. He drew inspiration from the stunning forest as he wrote his series, and made it the home of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.

Fans of the books, as well as nature-lovers, are invited to visit the forest, which also happens to be one of the largest free public spaces in the region, all year long.

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