Reporting and preventing fires!
Our team witnessed this wildfire today at Chobham Common National Nature Reserve. Thanks to their quick action, the fire crews arrived quickly, but fires can grow at a frightening pace!
Please help protect our cherished places by disposing of litter responsibly, especially cigarettes. If you see an unattended fire, please report it straight away. Don’t assume someone else has reported it. A fire can move very quickly, putting lives and precious habitat at risk. Early reporting of fires can significantly reduce the damage caused, preventing it from developing into a large wildfire incident.
Here’s what to do:
1. Get to a safe place
2. Note the location of the fire
3. Call 999 and ask for the Fire & Rescue Service
4. Give as much information as you can
5. Meet the Fire & Rescue Service at the entrance
Staying Safe Dos & Don’ts
- Extinguish cigarettes properly. Never throw cigarette ends onto the ground or out of car windows – take your litter home.
- Never have open fires or BBQs in the countryside. Only have them in safe designated areas.
- Report fires immediately to the Fire & Rescue Service by dialling 999.
- Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.
- Watch the South East England Wildfire Group’s YouTube video explaining what to do.
Stay safe. Spread the word.
For larger versions, click on these pages of advice from Surrey Fire & Rescue Service…