Kent Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to help protect the county’s outdoor spaces by taking extra care not to cause a fire through carelessness this summer.
With the summer holidays fast approaching and temperatures set to rise, lots of people will be taking the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Kent's countryside.
However, the warm weather can spark an increase in the number of grassland, crop and woodland fires KFRS attends.
In dry conditions, fires in vegetation can spread rapidly, destroying vast swathes of countryside, potentially putting the lives of residents and firefighters at risk.
Outdoor fire call-outs have significantly increased in the Kent area since last year.
This month, fire crews have attended 89 outdoor fires believed to have started deliberately, compared to 49 for the same time last year.
Accidental fires have also increased to 58 call-outs, as opposed to 17 last year.
The Head of Community Safety, Stuart Skilton, appealed to people to take extra care not to start fires, especially with outdoor activities such as camping and barbecuing.
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With winter just around the corner people are being urged to pay a small fee to get their chimneys swept to avoid counting the cost of disaster. Martin Dowse has this special report