As fires rage on northern moors, it is hard to believe that some people seem to be starting fires deliberately here in Cornwall.
The Critical Control Centre received 62 emergency calls reporting a fire on top of Carn Marth in Redruth, which started in the early hours. Crews from Tolvaddon, Falmouth and Perranporth used hose reels and beaters to extinguish the blaze. The cause is believed to be deliberate and the Police have been made aware.
Additionally, during the last week, many other accidental fires in the open have been reported and dealt with by fire crews. In the afternoon of 28th June, The Critical Control Centre also mobilised two appliances from Bude to a tractor on fire. On arrival crews discovered the tractor well alight. One hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire. The fire was confirmed as accidental and confined.
Open moor fires and barn fires are dangerous. Devon Fire Service suggests the following to avoid starting one. Sensible advice.
See our top tips to avoid a wildfire starting:
• extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly
• never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
• don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires; take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
• avoid using open fires in the countryside
• if you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately
• don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.
Some fires are clearly started deliberately – and we would ask the public to report any suspicious behaviour to the police immediately. You can contact the police on the 101 number or alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.