Here are also some key wildfire messages from South East England Wildfire group to use of the summer

Extinguish cigarettes properly, don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows – take your litter home.

Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe designated areas.

If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately to the Fire & Rescue Service. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident.

When calling the Fire and Rescue Service:

  • Get to a safe place,
  • note the fires locations,
  • call 999,
  • meet the Fire and Rescue Service at the entrance.

Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.

If you must have an open fire:

  • Only use barbeques in suitable and safe areas; never leave them unattended.
  • Never use petrol, it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only use approved lighting fuels.
  • Make sure it is downwind and at least 10 metres away from any buildings or structures.
  • Clear dry vegetation, such as leaves, to form a circle of earth around the fire.
  • Never leave fires unattended and make sure they are fully extinguished after use.
  • If you have to burn vegetation or have a bonfire, please contact Fire Control on [Fire Control admin number] first.
  • During this period it is advised not to undertake controlled or prescribed burning