‘Lit cigarettes, barbeques, campfires and even glass can all be incredibly dangerous when the conditions are as hot and dry as this’ warns Lincs Fire and Rescue Service

Photo submitted by Malc Parr
Photo submitted by Malc Parr

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has issued a warning about the dangers of fires during the hot and dry conditions, following a number of incidents including one near Laughton Woods.

Firefighters were called at around 6.45pm on Thursday, June 28, to approximately 10,000 square metres of grassland near Laughton Woods.

The cause of the fire is unknown however a spokesman from Lincoln’shire Fire and Rescue said it could have been from a discarded cigarette or a glass bottle.

Dan Moss, Group Manager Prevention and Protection, said: “We have huge areas of grassland and woodland in Lincolnshire and it would be disastrous to see any of it destroyed due to an act of carelessness.

“We are urging people to be careful when they are enjoying outdoor spaces.

“By following just a few guidelines they can cut down the risks of causing this kind of fire.

“Lit cigarettes, barbeques, campfires and even glass can all be incredibly dangerous when the conditions are as hot and dry as this.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have already seen an increase in call outs involving out door fires.

Last year, in the week from June 25, until July 2, there were 34 call outs to this type of fire, however that figure has increased in 2018 to 58 call outs.

Dan added: “Carelessness during these conditions could have terrible consequences in terms woodland, trees, animal or even human life.”