Grass fire call outs prompt warning over blaze dangers

A photo issued by County Durham Fire and Rescue Service as it issued its safety warning in light of the warm and dry weather.
A photo issued by County Durham Fire and Rescue Service as it issued its safety warning in light of the warm and dry weather.

A fire service has issued a plea for people to take steps to ensure their barbecues or cigarette ends don't spark a blaze.

County Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) as put out the words of advice after its crews had to tackle six grass fires over the weekend.

A photo from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service as it said its crews had been sent to help tackle the grass fires in Lancashire.

A photo from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service as it said its crews had been sent to help tackle the grass fires in Lancashire.

Teams from High Handenhold, near Chester-le-Street, Wheatley Hill, Durham and Consett were called out to put out the fires.

It comes as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called on to help their colleagues in the North West deal with the large moorland fire on Saddleworth Moor during the weekend.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has since been drafted in to help in the effort, with 10 of its firefighters sent to Lancashire.
Today, CDDFRS urged people to take care to ensure further grass fires don't break out in the North East.

It said people should:

*Ensure barbecues or campfire are in a suitable location and are fully extinguished when finished with

A photo by Tyne and Wear and Rescue Service of an officer beating on the moors in Lancashire.

A photo by Tyne and Wear and Rescue Service of an officer beating on the moors in Lancashire.

*Efforts are made to extinguish and dispose of cigarettes correctly

*Don't leave bottles/glass outside. Sunlight shining through can start fires

It added: "Enjoy the heatwave folks and stay safe."