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Warning Against Lighting Fires on Dorset Heathland

Heath fire Winfrith

8:55am 6th August 2014

People enjoying Dorset's heathland have been urged not to light BBQs or camp fires.

It's after a number of heath fires have caused long-lasting damage to precious environmental sites in the county. Some of the fires were started deliberately, whereas others were caused by unattended camp fires or BBQ's.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are asking people on heathland to follow steps to prevent and reduce the harm to wildlife and risk to life:

  • If you are on a heath when a fire occurs please leave by the nearest exit and call 999 with as much information as possible.
  • You can also help by reporting any antisocial behaviour on the heath to the Police on 101. 
  • Please remember it is not safe or legal to light barbeques or camp fires on any heathland site.

Gaynor Mant, Community Safety Education Officer at DFRS said: "I cannot stress enough how important it is to take extra care when enjoying our heaths and open areas. If you are a smoker, extinguish cigarettes fully before disposing of them - never ever just throw them away lit, similar to throwing them out from car windows - the result could be 50 or 100 firefighters tackling the subsequent blaze."

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