FIRE bosses are urging people to take care to prevent blazes in the countryside.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take care to prevent bush and grass fires that can destroy vast areas of countryside habitat.
Steve Chicken, the community protection manager for the service, said: “This period of dry weather is forecast to extend over the Easter holiday period so it is natural that people will take advantage of the weather and enjoy outdoor activities.
“We are asking the public to be extra vigilant over this period and to follow some simple rules.”
People are being urged to extinguish cigarettes properly before discarding them, take your rubbish home, particularly glass bottles which are not only a risk to people and wildlife but magnify the sun’s rays leading to fires.
He added: “If you intend to enjoy a barbeque or bonfire over the holiday period we would ask you to take extra care during this continuing dry period and to again follow these few simple guidelines to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.”
People should only barbeque in suitable safe areas, never use petrol and only use approved lighting fuels, and make sure to place it down wind and at least 30ft from any building or structure.