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.
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
*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."