Prevent wildfires this summer

After such a long spell without rain, the fields in Old Milverton and Blackdown are very dry. The crops are in their ripening stage before harvesting takes place. Fires and barbecues are not permitted in the fields at any time, however they are particularly dangerous now because of the risk of wildfires. Fires and barbecues are banned in all open spaces, parks and nature reserves across Warwick District Council this summer. In addition people are reminded to:
– be careful with naked flames and cigarettes
– take all of your litter home – glass is especially dangerous if left unattended in sunny locations
– call 101 if you witness a breach of the ban on BBQs or campfires
– call 999 if the situation is more serious and likely to cause a fire, as grass fires can quickly get out of control.

Since 2017, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue has been called to over 600 small fires in Warwick District, some of which were directly caused by BBQs not being extinguished properly before being discarded, often in litter bins or hedgerows.