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Hot weather brings amber wildfire alert for weekend


Date: 17th June, 2022

Another Amber wildfire alert has been issued for parts of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area for the coming weekend.

The warning means a higher-than-usual risk of a wildfire starting. Should such a fire happen, it could spread quickly and easily due to the current warm conditions.

As seen with the recent incidents on Canford Heath, not only do they cause devastation to heath, woodland and wildlife but they also put the public and homes at risk.

Area Manager Damien Bence said: “With a period of hot weather underway, we would urge people to take real care when enjoying the sunshine in our beautiful countryside. 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 fires 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.”

Anyone enjoying the outdoors over the coming days is asked to 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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