Safety warning over countryside

A SAFETY warning has been issued in a bid to prevent destructive fires to fields during the summer. Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue has joined the National Farmers Union (NFU) to highlight fire risks. Fire safety manager Gareth Bradbury said: The land bec

A SAFETY warning has been issued in a bid to prevent destructive fires to fields during the summer.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue has joined the National Farmers' Union (NFU) to highlight fire risks.

Fire safety manager Gareth Bradbury said: "The land becomes so dry that when a fire starts it spreads rapidly and causes damage to open spaces, endangers wildlife, and puts properties at risk."

Drivers are asked not to throw lighted cigarette ends out of the windows of their vehicles, and people are advised to take their rubbish home after picnics in the countryside.

The fire and rescue service has also warned people not to be tempted to light fires in the countryside, and to barbecue only in authorised areas.

Hertfordshire NFU county chairman Bill Barr said: "Farmers want people to enjoy Hertfordshire's countryside, but also to follow this simple fire prevention advice so we can all continue to enjoy it in the future.