People in Jersey are being advised not to light bonfires as the risk of wildfires has increased.

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service say islanders should be vigilant as the Fire Severity Index - a measure of how severe a fire could become if it were to start - has risen to four, out of a maximum of five.

It is due to a combination of hot and dry weather and forecasted wind conditions.

Station Commander Ryan Hall says while islanders are able to enjoy more of the island since lockdown restrictions eased, they should not be complacent.

We are asking Islanders to be vigilant given the increased risk of wildfires and potential rapid spread. Please think before you discard any litter, hot ashes or any smoking materials. Across the UK, fire and rescues services are currently tackling a number of serious and widespread wildfires. These fires are extremely dangerous and spread rapidly through the dry vegetation. They are hugely demanding on resources and put people’s lives, homes and businesses at risk.

Ryan Hall, Station Commander (Fire Safety) at Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service has the following guidance:

  • Stub out cigarettes properly and do not throw cigarette ends on the ground. Never throw cigarette ends out of the window of a car

  • Make sure all litter is taken home

  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside

  • Do not leave bottles or glass in woodland as the sunlight shining through them can start fires - instead, take them home to be recycled

  • Only use a barbecue in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended

  • Do not dispose of any used barbecues or hot ashes in plastic bins, as it risks starting a bin fire

  • If you see a fire, report it to the JFRS immediately

Firefighters have also warned islanders to be especially responsible with disposable barbecues after dealing with six fires in the space of a week.