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Firefighters urge residents to #RespectProtectEnjoy this Easter

Date: 29th March, 2021

Firefighters and officers are urging residents who might be out and about this Easter to respect, protect and enjoy our outdoor spaces to prevent wildfires.

As the weather gets warmer and the daylight hours get longer, firefighters start to see an increase in fires in our outdoor spaces. In 2020, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service crews dealt with 446 wildfires.

Group Manager Darren Langdown said: “Large wildfires can be very serious and quickly affect large areas of the countryside. They also take a great deal of resources to bring under control, which can impact the availability of fire appliances for property fires, road traffic collisions, assisting our colleagues during the Coronavirus pandemic and other emergencies. As the weather warms up and we look forward to the reduction of Coronavirus restrictions, it is only natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy our beautiful countryside. It is extremely important to stay fire-aware when out and about. We are asking the public to be vigilant and follow some simple steps to help reduce the chance of a wildfire in the countryside.”

With the easing of Coronavirus restrictions, from 29th March up to six people or two households can meet outdoors, DWFRS is reminding the residents to #RespectProtectEnjoy the countryside. The service has the following advice for enjoying the outdoors safely:

When calling the Fire and Rescue Service:

Landowners and Land Managers are also advised, where possible, to be prepared for fires and ensure that fire breaks are cut and well maintained with any cut grasses and vegetation removed from the site.

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