Firefighters currently fighting fire on Hartlebury Common
Firefighters from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) are currently dealing with a fire on Hartlebury Common, which began yesterday (10 July) at approximately 19:05.
Station Commander Ian Jallands said: "Four crews responded to the incident on Hartlebury Common last night and swiftly bought the fire under control using hosereel jets, beaters and water back packs.
"Three fire engines remain at the scene today to continue dampening down and we are asking members of the public to avoid the area."
The cause of the fire is not yet known however HWFRS is asking people to take note of the following outdoor fire safety advice:
- Only light barbeques where they are permitted - in suitable and safe areas; never leave them unattended
- Never use petrol on barbeques or fires, it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only use approved lighting fuels
- Clear dry vegetation, such as leaves, to form a circle of earth around the fire. Make sure it is downwind and at least 10 metres away from any buildings or structures
- Never leave fires unattended and make sure they are fully extinguished after use
- Extinguish cigarettes properly, don't throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows
- Take your rubbish with you, especially glass bottles, which can magnify the sun's rays and start a fire as well as hurt people and animals
- Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe designated areas
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately by calling 999. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident
- Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible
Further safety advice can be found at www.hwfire.org.uk