Fire chief's countryside warning

COUNTY fire chiefs are warning people to take care outdoors this holiday and be aware of heathland and forest fires.

COUNTY fire chiefs are warning people to take care outdoors this holiday and be aware of heathland and forest fires.

Suffolk's Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Phillips said: “A long hot summer is what we're all hoping for now the children are on holiday however, like many changes in weather; it can bring risks with it.

“If you are intending to head out and enjoy the Suffolk countryside this summer, you should go armed with some safety advice before heading for the great outdoors.”

He said grass and forest fires spread rapidly so never throw cigarette ends out of car windows, they could start a fire and ruin surrounding countryside.

Mr Phillips added: “Do not leave bottles or glass in woodlands, sunlight shining through glass can start a fire - so take them home or put them in a recycling bin.

“If you discover a fire, do not be tempted to investigate, leave the area as quickly as possible and ring for the fire service.

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“Do not return unless the fire and rescue service tells you that it is safe to do so.”