A warning over the risk of countryside wildfires has been issued by the Northumberland Fire Group.
While the recent spell of good weather makes a welcome change, the long hot, dry spell does have its down sides, warns Angus Collingwood-Cameron, chairman of the Northumberland Fire Group, which is a partnership between Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) and the land management community, both public and private.
“After two dry months and this hot sunshine with warm winds, our moor and heathland vegetation is becoming tinder dry and we now have to worry about the risk of wildfires occurring.
“While devastating wildfires are normally associated with moorlands, our coastal vegetation is also a high risk area. Please do not light fires, including barbecues, unless in controlled areas. Properly extinguish any cigarettes and do not discard items that may cause fire, such as bottles.”