2 open fire call outs for Bude Fire crews

Two shouts yesterday for Bude fire crews for fires in the open air. Both fires were extinguished and advice given. Please be careful in this dry weather.

Featured photo from Bude CFS


Cornwall Fire Service offer this advice:

How to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires
Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside, and although some are started deliberately, most of them are due to carelessness. Cornwall Fire and Rescue are reminding everyone to take particular care not only during this current dry spell but throughout the year.
Staying Safe.
• Extinguish cigarettes properly, don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows – take your litter home.
• Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe designated areas.
• If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately to the Fire & Rescue Service. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident.
• Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.
• Landowners and Land Managers are also advised, where possible, to be prepared for fires and ensure that fire breaks are cut and well maintained with any cut grasses and vegetation removed from the site.
We are also warning people to be extra cautious when lighting barbeques and bonfires during the dry spell.
If you must have an open fire:
• Only use barbeques in suitable and safe areas; never leave them unattended.
• Never use petrol, it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only use approved lighting fuels
• Make sure it is downwind and at least 10 metres away from any buildings or structures.
• Clear dry vegetation, such as leaves, to form a circle of earth around the fire.
• Never leave fires unattended and make sure they are fully extinguished after use.
For further fire safety advice please visit http://bit.ly/outdoorfiresafety

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