Advice after drought declared
The announcement was issued yesterday (Monday 16 April) following the driest year on record in 2011 and a second winter of below-average rainfall.
A discarded cigarette or a disposable barbecue left unattended poses a greater risk of fire with the ground so dry, and so the Fire Service is urging people in the two counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire to take extra care while the current conditions continue.
Station Commander Grant Wills from HWFRS urged people to act on the Environment Agency's appeal to use water wisely, saying: "A prolonged dry spell means that our grass and heathland areas are drier than usual and there is an increased risk of outdoor fires.
"We would therefore urge people to take extreme care when disposing of cigarettes and other smoking materials, and never to leave barbecues or bonfires unattended."
More advice is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/drought.