Fire warning for visitors

VISITORS to some of Suffolk Coastal's most popular countryside attractions are being asked to take extra care to avoid the risk of the fire.The warning comes just days after a quarter of Suffolk's firefighters were called to deal with a 50-acre blaze that destroyed trees and heathland at Lower Hollesley Common.

VISITORS to some of Suffolk Coastal's most popular countryside attractions are being asked to take extra care to avoid the risk of the fire.

The warning comes just days after a quarter of Suffolk's firefighters were called to deal with a 50-acre blaze that destroyed trees and heathland at Lower Hollesley Common.

The relatively dry start to the year has left several areas vulnerable to the possibility of the fire, with Tuesday's blaze highlighting the annual problem.

Tony Osmanski, of Suffolk Coastal district council, said: "It's rather unusual to be making this type of request in April but I would ask people visiting the countryside to take extra care at the moment to avoid any risk of starting a fire.

"A stray cigarette, match or broken piece of glass could be enough to set off a blaze in what are fast becoming tinderbox conditions."

The council is responsible for more than 30 countryside sites that cover around 230 hectares of land, including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

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Mr Osmanski added: "This district is blessed with some breath-taking countryside that attracts thousands of visitors at this time of year. I hope everyone will make the extra effort to ensure these areas can continue to be enjoyed safely by all."

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