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Joint warning issued over elevated risk level of fires in the New Forest

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Forestry Commission have given a joint warning over the elevated risk level of fires in the New Forest.

This comes only hours after 10 Fire Engines battled a wild blaze in a forest near hook last night.

The Fire Service has asked for the public to be extra careful and vigilant over this hot spell and given the following information to help.

Countryside safety code:

A carelessly discarded cigarette in the countryside can lead to a huge fire, where the results to wildlife can be devastating.

These simple fire safety tips will help you to stay safe in the countryside and protect it for others to enjoy:

Do not discard cigarettes in the countryside; dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished.

Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire always take extra care if using a barbecue.

Only light fires or barbecues in designated areas using the facilities provided – if you are visiting the New Forest, view details of New Forest barbecue sites before you go don’t leave campfires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them.

Talk to young people about the dangers of playing with and lighting fires

Report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you do see a fire in the countryside, contact us immediately – dial 999

Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water Give the fire service a map reference if possible, otherwise, give a landmark such as a farm or a pub to help locate the fire.

Estimate the size of the area that’s burning describe the type of terrain (grass, bracken, forest, open moorland etc.)

Evacuate the area as soon as possible
Heathland fire risk information

Fires on any heathland, particularly the New Forest, can pose a serious threat to lives and property, that is why you need to understand the danger and help prevent a disastrous incident.

To help you do this The Forestry Commission posts current fire risk information on their website. This also contains helpful information to make sure you make the most of your visit, remember to check it out before you go.