Warning over 'freshly discarded' cigarette butts on Woodbury Common two years after major blaze

PUBLISHED: 13:58 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:58 23 April 2019

Two years after a major blaze ripped through part of Woodbury Common, fire fighters are warning people to put out their cigarettes and put them in the bin. Picture:Sidmouth Fire Station/Lyndon Mason

Two years after a major blaze ripped through part of Woodbury Common, fire fighters are warning people to put out their cigarettes and put them in the bin. Picture:Sidmouth Fire Station/Lyndon Mason

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Two years ago, a large fire ripped through Woodbury Common, destroying natural heathlands.

Wooddbury Common fire. Picture: Sidmouth Fire StationWooddbury Common fire. Picture: Sidmouth Fire Station

Litterbugs are being warned of the dangers of dropping freshly-lit cigarette butts in Woodbury Common ahead of the two-year anniversary of a major fire at the beauty spot.

Exmouth fire fighter Lyndon Mason took these photos of 'freshly discarded' cigarettes within 20 yards of each other in the Pebblebed Heathlands.

This comes two years after a huge fire tore through Woodbury Common causing major damage to the beauty spot.

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Fire on Woodbury Common. Picture: TERRY IFEFire on Woodbury Common. Picture: TERRY IFE

Fire fighters are warning that littering like this is 'very dangerous' especially with the dry weather conditions at the moment.

A spokesman for Exmouth Fire Station said: “Littering is never cool. When cigarettes are designed to keep burning and the conditions on Woodbury common are so dry, littering becomes dangerous.

“Fires on Woodbury common have historically used a lot of fire service resources, depleting areas of their standard fire cover, fire fighters have been injured and the impact on the wildlife on the common can be devastating.

“Stub it out and bin it.”

Cigarette butt found near Woodbury Common where in 2017 a fire ripped through the beauty spot. Picture: Lyndon MasonCigarette butt found near Woodbury Common where in 2017 a fire ripped through the beauty spot. Picture: Lyndon Mason

Cigarette butt found near Woodbury Common where in 2017 a fire ripped through the beauty spot. Picture: Lyndon MasonCigarette butt found near Woodbury Common where in 2017 a fire ripped through the beauty spot. Picture: Lyndon Mason

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