fire crews say fly-tipper caused big grass blaze
firefighters tackled a grass and hedge fire in East Brent on Monday
evening (July 9th), caused by a fly tipper setting some rubbish
appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was called out at 5pm to the blaze
in a field just off the A38 in East Brent, as pictured here.
in attendance we found that someone had been fly tipping in the
field and then set fire to it," a fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
it has been very dry for the last few weeks and with a strong wind,
it didn't take long to ignite the grass and hedges."
extinguished the fire using a high-pressure hose reel jet and beaters."
100 square metres of land was scorched, but crews managed to stop
incident comes as Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
warns walkers and campers to be mindful of the impact and damage
that a wildfire has on the environment.
fires can be very dangerous as they spread fast and can change direction
in an instance.
Gilson, Community Safety Prevention Manager, said: "We want
people to be able to enjoy the countryside, but ask them to be vigilant
during drier weather to help prevent more wild fires in the future."
change in wind direction can cause the fire to spread rapidly, putting
fire fighters at risk as well as nearby people and property."
added that top tips to avoid a wildfire starting are: to extinguish
cigarettes and other smoking materials properly; never throw cigarette
ends out of car windows; dont leave bottles or glass in woodlands
sunlight shining through glass can start fires; avoid using
open fires in the countryside; if you see a fire in the countryside,
report it immediately.
added: "Some fires are clearly started deliberately - and we
would ask the public to report any suspicious behaviour to the police
immediately. You can contact the Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111."