Annually, fires destroy thousands of acres of countryside in the UK.
They can be significant in size and can damage property and the environment, as well as posing a significant risk to people and vital infrastructure.
Just 10 seconds of carelessness can cause fires that take 10 hours or more to put out, and decades to regrow. Take care in the countryside and help us to prevent fires.
If the risk of fires in the countryside is high, members of the Northumberland Fire Group will display extreme fire risk notices on footpaths and access routes.
If you see a notice, please exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant.
Help Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service reduce the likelihood of wildfires by following these simple precautions:
Find out how to stay safe in the countryside
- extinguish all campfires and barbecues properly
- dispose of all smoking material properly, ensuring it is completely extinguished
- take any litter home with you
- clear away any bottles, glasses and any unbroken glass – magnification from sun rays could cause a fire
If you see a fire in the countryside, call 999 immediately.
- leave campfires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after use
- dispose of hot ash from campfires or barbeques as this can cause fires. Wait for ash to cool before disposal.
- light a campfire or barbecue if you have seen an extreme fire risk notice