Wildfire warning from fire service

PUBLISHED: 12:55 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 14 April 2015


With the recent warmer weather, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Open areas such as Woodbury Common are particularly susceptible to the risk of damaging gorse fires.

A fire service spokesman said people visiting the countryside should take steps including making sure they extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly, and never throwing cigarette ends out of car windows.

Bottles or glasses should not be left out, as sun shining through the glass can start fires, and they should instead be taken home or disposed of in bins.

People should avoid using open fires, and any fires seen breaking out in the countryside should be reported to the fire service immediately.

Members of the public should not themselves attempt to tackle any fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water, and should instead leave the affected area as quickly as possible.

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