THE fire service is asking the public not to carry out prescribed or controlled burns and bonfires unless absolutely necessary, to avoid the risk of wildfires.
After what was a long wet winter we have now seen an upturn in the weather and there has been very little rain over the last few weeks, so gardens, open spaces and heathland is drying up rapidly. At this time of year it is usual to see an increase in wildfires.
Many people will now be spending more time tidying up their gardens, but with the closure of council tips and the suspension of garden waste collection services, there may be a temptation to have bonfire instead.
Bonfires can very quickly get out of control and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has seen an increase in calls as a result.
Not only that, bonfires can cause a nuisance to neighbours, especially for those who are at present unable to go outside of the perimeters of their property, so the only opportunity they have for fresh air is within the confines of their garden.
The fire service has asked the public to consider their neighbours and whether it is really necessary to have a bonfire.
You can find more advice at www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/safety-outdoors/controlled-burning/
Dorset Council has also released advice on how to deal with garden waste whilst the kerbside collections are suspended.