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Fires involving grassland

30th March 2015 @ 6:06am – by Cheshire Fire Service
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As we head into spring and the hint of warmer weather, Cheshire firefighters are warning of the dangers of fires involving grassland.

Crews were called to nine grass fires across the county over the weekend of 21st and 22nd March.

Arson Reduction Manager Colin Heyes said: "It is really important for people to be aware of the risks when it comes to grass fires as the dry weather can make conditions extremely dangerous.

"They can quickly get out of hand, cause extensive damage, and put lives at risk. Once a fire takes hold they can also last for several days, using up valuable fire and rescue service resources which could be needed elsewhere.

"Although there are a number of reasons why grass fires start, one of them is as a result of people starting them deliberately. We really would like people to be on their guard and report anyone they see lighting fires.

"We would therefore urge anyone with information about this sort of behaviour to report it by calling Crimestoppers, which can be done anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or Cheshire Police on 101."

By following a few simple precautions and showing a little extra care, many grass fires could be prevented:

  • Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished.
  • Don't leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after use.
  • Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to prevent them magnifying the sun's rays and starting a fire.
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with lighted fires.

Colin continued: "If a fire breaks out call the Service immediately on 999. It can be hard to give the location for an open area so mention any landmarks, such as a public house or a church, in the vicinity.

"Do not attempt to put the fire out yourself unless it is very small. Grass and crop fire can travel very quickly and change direction without warning."

For more information regarding grass fire safety please visit or follow @cheshirefire on Twitter.

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