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Warning over forest fire risk

Published: Thursday 28th June 2018 at 20:00

Warning over forest fire risk

With the high temperatures and dry conditions set to continue for some time, warnings have been issued over the increased risk of forest fires.

There have been six forest fires reported in Thetford Forest over the last week, thankfully all have been small and caused minimal damage.

The Foresty Commission have now issued the following guidelines for those in and around the area:

1. Don't throw cigarettes out of car windows or drop them in the forest when you are driving or walking in the forest. Dispose of any cigarettes safely and ensure they have been properly stubbed out.

2. Open flames and BBQs including disposable BBQs are NOT permitted within the forest.

3. Avoid dropping glass of any kind on the forest floor; this can sometimes accidentally start a fire, or injure people or animals.

4. Never start a campfire in the forest as they can get out of hand very quickly.

A spokesman for the Forestry Commission said: "Dry conditions greatly increase the risk of forest fires. Not only are fires a threat to human life, but also to animals, vegetation and trees.

"If you see a forest fire dial 999 and ask for the Fire & Rescue Service."


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