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Firefighters fear wildfires could sweep Suffolk during heatwave

PUBLISHED: 11:40 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 01 July 2018

A previous heath land fire on Rushmere Heath Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A previous heath land fire on Rushmere Heath Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sarah Lucy brown

Firefighters in Suffolk are warning people to take precautions to prevent further wildfires as we enjoy another warm and dry weekend.

Area Commander, Ian Bowell at Alton Water Picture: LUCY TAYLORArea Commander, Ian Bowell at Alton Water Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Ian Bowell, the fire area commander for Suffolk Fire and Rescue service, said on Friday: “We are having some beautiful weather at the moment and the risk of grass fires increases.

“We are concerned and are prepared for a busy weekend.”

He added that while it was important members of the public enjoyed the Suffolk countryside this weekend they should take precautions where possible.

In particular, he urged those using disposal barbecues to put them on stones rather than grass which he described as being “tinder dry” at the moment.

Mr Bowell said Suffolk Fire and Rescue had also had to deal with a number of problems in the past related to bonfires of garden waste.

He said: “I would urge you not to have a bonfire – and take the garden waste to recycling.”

Forecasters believe this could be the driest June on record with East Anglia seeing just 10% of its normal rainfall.

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