Dorset AMBER wildfire alert issued

Dorset AMBER wildfire alert issued

Published by Helen Down at 9:56am 16th May 2020.

The county's fire service is urging everyone to take care.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue are warning Dorset to stay safe for the next 10 days, and have issued an AMBER wildfire alert.

Due to easterly winds, low humidity and dry heathland the risk of wildfires is very high.

While most people will be practicing social distancing, DWFRS are asking for our help to stay safe while out in the countryside.

Every year, wildfire's destroy large areas of countryside and while some may be started on purpose, most are caused because of carelessness. 

Area Manager Seth Why says: 

"Large wildfires can be very serious and quickly affect large areas of the countryside. They also take a great deal of resources to bring under control, which can impact the availability of fire appliances for property fires, road traffic collisions, assisting our colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic and other emergencies.
 
"We are currently experiencing dry weather and it is only natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with members of your household, but it is also important to stay fire-aware when out and about. With the AMBER Wildfire Alert set to be in place for at least the next 10 days, we are asking the public to be vigilant and follow these simple steps to help reduce the chance of a wildfire in the countryside."

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Extinguish cigarettes properly, don't throw them on the floor, on the ground or out of car windows. 
  • Avoid having BBQ's on the heath or in open spaces (If you do have a BBQ, make sure it's fully extinguished when finished with.)
  •  Avoid open fires in the countryside, if you have one, make sure it's fully extinguished before leaving it.
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, please report it immediately.

When you call the fire and rescue service: 

  • Get to a safe place,
  • note the fire location,
  • call 999,
  • meet the Fire and Rescue Service at the entrance.
  • Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water - leave the area as quickly as possible.