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Farm Fires


Date: 8th August, 2018

We are all currently experiencing an extended period of sunshine and increased temperatures which has resulted in the vegetation and ground becoming extremely dry. This has led to Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) attending a significant number of fires involving crops, grass and stubble, often utilising numerous resources to extinguish the fires. In these conditions fires can rapidly spread and destroy large areas of farmland and crops.

There are a number of measures that can be taken which may prevent a fire from becoming a significant event.

Station Manager Graham Kewley said ‘Dorset and Wiltshire are significantly rural counties and rely on agriculture and associated businesses as a major part of the economy.  Fires pose a threat to the livelihoods of many in the rural sector be that through loss of crops, machinery, buildings or livestock.  Coupled with that the significant resources, effort and water supplies required to deal with field fires, any work to prevent fires is beneficial to the whole community.  Following these simple guidelines can help to reduce the impact of fires on those living and working in rural areas’.

He also added ‘An early 999 call is vital as many farmers seem to try to put it out themselves for too long before calling for help.  Farmers are not charged for our attendance’.

For further guidance on farm fire safety, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/business-fire-safety/fire-risks-on-farms/farm-machinery or call 01722 691717 and ask to speak to the Fire Safety Team.

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