There’s high risk of wildfire because the ground is so dry. Wildfires can ravish the local wildlife, destroying ecosystems in a matter of hours that have taken years to build up.
If a wildfire encroaches upon farmland, then crops and farm buildings can be consumed, and homes that border heathland can also be at risk.
Steps you can take to avoid starting a wildfire:
- Avoid open fires and BBQs in the countryside.
- 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.
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately. Do not tackle a fire yourself, unless it can be put out with a bucket of water. Please call the fire service and leave the area as soon as possible.
For more information on this topic visit the website of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue