Warning of wildfires in dry months

Firefighters are urging people to take extra care in the countryside due to the increased risks of wildfires during the drier months.

Northumberland County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is working with Northumberland National Park to prevent and tackle wildfire risks.

Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “We are currently experiencing a spell of warm weather and it is only natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with family and friends, but it is also important to stay fire-aware when out and about.

“With the dry weather set to continue for the foreseeable period, we are asking the public to be vigilant and by following a few simple steps we can all help to reduce the chance of a wildfire in the countryside.”

There are a few simple precautions to reduce the chance of wildfires, such as extinguishing cigarettes.

Anyone having a bonfire or barbecue should only do so in a designated area and never in the open countryside.

If a fire is detected in the countryside, it should be reported immediately to the Fire and Rescue Service by phoning 999.

Early detection can prevent a fire from developing into a large and much more uncontrollable wildfire incident.

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council Coun Dave Ledger, who also has responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, added: “I would advise people listen to the Fire and Rescue’s safety guidance to allow everyone to have an enjoyable and safe summer and to keep our beautiful countryside preserved from wildfire threats.”