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Fire and rescue service issues warning following hot and dry conditions

Fire news (2894332)
Fire news (2894332)

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said it had seen an increase in call-outs involving out-door fires in 2018.

Last year, in the week from June 25 until July 2 there were 34 call-outs to this type of fire, however that figure has jumped to 58 call-outs this year.

As a result, the service warned of the danger of fires during the current hot and dry conditions following the increase in incidents attended by firefighters.

Dan Moss, group manager prevention and protection, said: "It is very important that members of the public are aware just how easily something like Saddleworth Moor can start - it’s a real threat.

"We are very proud of all of the firefighters from Lincolnshire, who are working hard in very hot conditions and in full fire kit, to assist their colleagues in Lancashire.

"We have huge areas of grassland and woodland in Lincolnshire and it would be disastrous to see any of it destroyed due to an act of carelessness.

"We are urging people to be careful when they are enjoying outdoor spaces.

"By following just a few guidelines they can cut down the risks of causing this kind of fire.

"Lit cigarettes, barbecues, campfires and even glass can all be incredibly dangerous when the conditions are as hot and dry as this.

"Our figures show just how dangerous the conditions are at present and how careful we all need to be.

"Carelessness during these conditions could have terrible consequences in terms woodland, trees, animal or even human life."

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