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Wildfire Advice

Being outdoors is great for your health and wellbeing. Let's keep our countryside safe. 


Top Tips 

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

  • Open fires shouldn't be lit 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 and camp fires
  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly - this means making sure they are completely out
  • Only use barbecues or camp fires 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, forest or areas of natural beauty

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 - you can also use apps like What Three Words
  • 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 

Wildfire Advice

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