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Advice on wildfires in East Sussex

Date : 14 May 2020

Following a number of dry days across the South East and fires in the countryside in East Sussex within the National Park and forest areas across East Sussex fire risk has increased to HIGH.

Whilst we recognise the importance of outdoor exercise for health and wellbeing, we would ask that you are considerate in the disposal of rubbish and cigarettes, ensuring that cigarettes are extinguished appropriately and all rubbish placed in bins or taken home with you.

Top Tips 

If you are out enjoying exercise or having a BBQ/picnic in the countryside, check out our top tips:-

  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside
  • Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires - take glass bottles/jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
  • Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues
  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended
  • Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents
  • Only picnic in designated areas
  • Obey safety signs
  •  Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops


If a fire breaks out

If you see a fire in the countryside dial 999 immediately

  • Do not attempt to tackle the fire
  • Give a map reference if possible or land mark and wait for the arrival of the fire appliance or ranger in a safe location near a road or carpark
  • Estimate the size of the fire if possible


Don't tackle fires yourself. Always leave it to the professionals

If you have information about illegal fire setting and those responsible please report them (anonymous) to Crimestoppers online or by phone on 0800 555 111



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