Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) have an important message for us as we stroll our way into the Summer months…#BringAPicnicNotABBQ.

They are encouraging us to leave the BBQ’s at home and bring a picnic instead as warmer and breezy weather increases the risk of accidental or deliberate fires in our open spaces. Did you know: A wildfire can move at speeds faster than an Olympic sprinter, so DWFRS are asking us to follow these simple steps to keep us all safe:

  • If you are enjoying our open spaces when a fire occurs, get to a safe place and call 999 with as much information as possible.
  • Consider downloading and using What3Words to identify your exact location.
  • You can also help by reporting any antisocial behaviour on the heath to the Police on 101.

During 2021, DWFRS dealt with 494 fires in the open. In 2022,  have already seen large wildfires in Dorset & Wiltshire and firefighters across the UK have dealt with more wildfires between January and May than in the whole of 2021 (243 compared to 237 in 2021).