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Bonfire warning

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Crews were called to a garden fire in St Georges Terrace just after 7pm, to a fire in a skip in Worcester Road at around 8.30pm and then to a fire at the rear of commercial premises in Cherry Orchard just after 9pm.

Watch Commander Len Rees from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "While there has been some rain in recent days, conditions generally are very dry, and it's more important than ever that anyone lighting a fire keeps an eye on it all times."

He warned people to light garden fires well away from trees, fences or other objects that might catch alight, and to be aware that breezy conditions can present an extra hazard.

HWFRS advises:

  • Locate your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
  • Never leave the bonfire unattended
  • Avoid burning garden waste when it's windy as the bonfire can easily get out of control
  • Never use a flammable liquid to start the fire
  • Never burn aerosol cans, paint tins, batteries, tyres or foam-filled furniture
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby as a safety precaution

If your bonfire should become out of control, do not risk injury by tackling the fire yourself but instead, call the Fire Service and wait for firefighters, who are trained to deal with these type of incidents, to arrive.