Fire service warns of the risks of field and grass fires

A fire in Kempston, Bedfordshire 2015 Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

A fire in Kempston, Bedfordshire 2015 Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people about the dangers of grass and field fires.

They say they spread quickly and cause acres of damage.

The advice is not to leave bottles or glass in woodlands and never throw cigarette ends from car windows.

Starting field fires is a criminal offence.

Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside. They can destroy pleasant open spaces and threaten wildlife habitats. Some country fires can fires lasting several days once they take hold and use up valuable Fire Service resources which could be needed elsewhere. Driven by the wind they can threat homes and lives.ANDY MARTIN, COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside
  • Don’t leave glass bottles in woodlands
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas
  • Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues
Do not attempt to put the fire out yourself unless it is very small. Grass and crop fire can travel very quickly and change direction without warning.ANDY MARTIN, COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER