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Fire safety warning ahead of Easter weekend


Date: 14th April, 2022

An Amber wildfire alert has been issued for the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area for the Easter weekend.

The warning means a higher-than-usual risk of a wildfire starting, due to the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Should such a fire happen, it could spread quickly and easily due to the warm, dry and breezy conditions.

As seen with the major incident at Wareham Forest in 2020, wildfires take a great deal of resources and time to bring under control, and cause devastation to heath, woodland and wildlife.

Group Manager Dave Waters said: “The combination of the long Easter weekend and good weather means that people will be out and about a lot more, and we want to be sure that the local area stays as safe as it can be for everyone. If you’re visiting our heathlands, woodlands or countryside, please avoid having a campfire and take a picnic rather than use a disposable barbecue – just a few simple steps can make a real difference to preventing fire from starting.”

He added: “We’d also remind people to take care if having a barbecue or bonfire at home. All too often, we see property destroyed when an initially small fire suddenly gets out of control. Never leave a bonfire or barbecue unattended, and site them well away from fences, trees or buildings.”

If you are enjoying the sunshine over the weekend, please follow these fire safety top tips:

More information on enjoying outdoors but staying fire safe can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/safety-outdoors

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