Firefighters fear wildfires could sweep Suffolk during heatwave

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

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

Area 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.


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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.”

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