Fire service pleads for no bonfires or disposable barbecues

RESIDENTS and visitors to Dorset are being urged not to have bonfires of barbecues this weekend due to the increased risk of wildfires following the Wareham Forest fire in Dorset.

As reported, an area estimated to be around 190 hectares was involved in a blaze this week, with firefighters still tackling the incident five days after it started.

Over the bank holiday weekend, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is pleading with everyone to remain vigilant.

With the weather forecast set to be dry but windy this bank holiday weekend, bonfires are at greater risk of becoming out of control burns. Using a barbecue anywhere other than at home in the garden poses a greater risk for wildfires and using disposable barbecues enhances the risk.

DWFRS: Area Manager Craig Baker said: “In light of the devastation at Wareham Forest and the AMBER wildfire alert, we are asking for the public’s help in ensuring our resources can be used for the vital support of communities by not having campfires or using disposable barbecues in our forests and heathlands.

“Whilst we understand that the dry weather will leave many wanting to go out and enjoy it, we cannot stress the importance of being fire-aware enough. This incident is a prime example of how a moment of carelessness can escalate, and the destruction it can cause.”