Risk of wildfires as hot weather hits Wiltshire

Risk of wildfires as hot weather hits Wiltshire

Published at 12:25pm 28th June 2019.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service want us to take care this weekend.

There's a heightened risk of wildfires across Wiltshire's countryside and Salisbury Plain.

Hot weather brings a risk of fires across the county
Hot weather brings a risk of fires across the county

The service has the following advice for enjoying the outdoors safely:

  • Avoid open fires in the countryside. If you must have a fire, make sure that you're in a designated safe area.
  • Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle.
  • Do not throw cigarette ends out of your vehicle. They could start a fire and destroy surrounding countryside.
  • Site bonfires well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures.
  • Have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to get out of control.
  • Never use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to start a bonfire.
  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands, as sunlight shining through the glass can cause a fire to start. 
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately.
Salisbury Plain fire
Salisbury Plain is notorious for fires

They say you should never attempt to extinguish a fire yourself, unless it can be put out with a bucket of water.

DWFRS Wildfire Tactical Advisor Andy Elliott said:

"With a period of hot, dry weather being forecast, we would urge people to take real care when enjoying the sunshine in our beautiful countryside.

"If you do want a campfire or barbecue, please make sure that you're in a safe area and that the ashes are fully extinguished and damped down before you leave.

"Large wildfires are thankfully rare but, when they do occur, they take a great deal of resources to bring under control, which impacts the availability of appliances for property fires and other emergencies."

Area Manager Ian Jeary said:

"If you are burning off garden waste in the garden please site any bonfire well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures and have a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to get out of control. If a fire does get out of control, please call 999.

There's more information about wildfires on DWFRS's website.

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