Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Keep the glorious British countryside picture perfect and your visit trouble-free by following our straightforward advice.

  • Always extinguish your cigarette and any other smoking materials properly. Never throw your cigarette butt out of your car window - it could ruin whole fields of crops.
  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through the glass can start large fires. Take them home or put them in the waste or recycling bin.
  • It may seem a good idea at the time, but a fire in the open can easily get out of control.
  • Keep children away from matches and cigarettes and open fires.

Barbecue Safety

  • Check first with the landowner if fires and barbecues are permitted. Only have them in a safe, designated areas.
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended. Keep young people and ball games away from barbecues.
  • Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents.


  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately. Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water. Leave the area as soon as possible and dial 999.

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:51
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