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With the weather set to improve over the weekend crews in Canterbury are asking those heading out in the countryside to take care and help prevent outdoor fires.
The warning comes after firefighters were called to a tree alight in a wooded area near Adisham Road at 7:47pm last night (4th March). The fire is believed to have been caused by aerosol and deodorant cans being set alight which then spread to the tree.
Canterbury Crew Manager, Adrian Hawkins, who attended the incident said: “The Coppice area is popular with walkers and after such a wet winter many people will be hoping to get outdoors and enjoy the countryside. We’re asking those making the most of the relatively nice weather not to discard rubbish irresponsibly which could then be used as fuel to start outdoor fires.
“These fires are a major issue as they can spread easily and destroy thousands of acres of countryside, crops and wildlife habitats. This puts enormous demands on our resources as well as posing a serious threat to lives and homes.”
He added: “Parents can also help us by reminding their children of how starting a fire could mean a huge fine or even a prison sentence. By following our simple safety tips you will help protect the countryside, and help to prevent fires starting in the first place.”
Keep matches and lighters out of the way of children and remind them that they are not toys
If you are a parent you are strongly advised not to leave young people to wander in the countryside unsupervised. Ensure that they are aware of the dangers of fire
Don't light fires in the countryside or drop litter which could be set alight
Don't accumulate rubbish which can act as potential fuel for deliberate fire setters
Contact your local district or borough council to arrange collection of unwanted furniture, or to report abandoned vehicles or fly tipped waste (Clean Kent 24 hour reporting line – 0845 345 0210)
Report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further fire safety advice go to www.kent.fire-uk.org or call 0800 923 7000.