Nearly 50 Acres of Forest that Inspired ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’s’ Hundred Acre Woods Destroyed in Strange Fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called on Sunday evening to tackle the blaze which covered 14 acres of the forest, which inspired the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-The-Pooh.

“Winnie-the-Pooh” fans know the beloved bear and his friends live in the “Hundred Acre Wood,” but the real-life forest that inspired the children’s story — Ashdown Forest — is being destroyed by flames, BBC News reports.

Nearly 50 acres of Ashdown Forest in Sussex County, United Kingdom, had burned by Monday night. At the height of the blaze, six fire crews were on the scene. The emergency personnel has since been scaled back to four crews, a fire service spokesman said.

“It’s unusual to have a fire of this size at night. This seems to have caught hold before people noticed the fire,” the spokesman said. “The undergrowth was very dry in the forest, despite the recent rain, and the fire caught quite quickly.”

Ashdown Forest was once the home to author A.A. Milne. The “Winnie-the-Pooh” creator lived in the area, near the town of Hartfield, in the 1920s, when he came up with “The Hundred Acre Woods.”

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SOURCE: CBS, Caitlin O’Kane