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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of grass fires after an increase of incidents across the County. 

With the extreme heat the grass and woodland areas across the county are very dry and we have seen a sharp increase in field, woodland and grass fires.  These fires can escalate out of control very quickly and if they are near a  home or business premises the consequences can be devastating.

In the last weeks fire crews have attended 43 fires in the open, they ranged between grass, BBQ, hay and rubbish fires.  Whilst a number of the fires were accidental, some had been deliberately started.  Anybody starting a grass fire is not only risking injury to themselves and others, including firefighters, they are also risking criminal prosecution and a fine or even a prison sentence.  It’s just not worth the risk.

If you are planning to head out to enjoy the parks and beautiful green spaces in Camp Hill, please keep in mind the basic summer fire safety advice below:

  • Never leave garden fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them.  Always ensure you have a hose or bucket of water on hand to put them out.
  • Do not discard cigarettes out of your car window or near fields or grass areas and ensure they are completely extinguished before you leave.
  • Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of playing with or lighting fires.  Explain that what can start as a smallfire, can quickly get out of control with devastating impact.
  • If you see any rubbish that has been dumped please report it to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council on 024 7637 6376.