The summer heatwave has seen Cambridgeshire’s firefighters face a significant increase in fires.
In June and July crews attended 551 fires in the open across the county, an increase of more than 50 per cent on last year.
In July alone, crews attended 376 fires in the open in various places around the county.
The Service’s Combined Fire Control has also seen a sharp increase in the amount of emergency calls they have received reporting incidents in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
Almost 4,000 calls were answered by emergency call handlers in June and July, an increase of 13 per cent.
Cambridgeshire's Fire Service has issued the following advice to people for the rest of the summer:
- Ensure cigarettes are completely out
- Do not throw cigarettes out of car windows onto grass verges or vegetation
- Put disposable barbecues on bricks, do not place directly on grass
- Do not leave glass bottles lying on the ground, the sun’s rays reflect through the glass and can start a fire
- When camping, do not leave campfires unattended and make sure it is completely out before you leave it
- Use barbecues on a hard, flat surface, away from grass, shrubs or fencing
- Talk to your children about the dangers of starting a fire.