As the temperatures soared over the weekend (10 and 11 June), Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service was kept busy with numerous incidents across the county.
Crews attended eight fires involving bonfires which got out of control, at locations in Kettering, Northampton, Grendon, Wellingborough and Corby. Firefighters are urging anyone considering having a bonfire to take extra precautions against fire spread, especially with the heat and dry conditions we are currently experiencing.
There were also several deliberate fires in Corby, Rushden, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers where crews attended various incidents of hedgerows and undergrowth alight. Young people had been seen apparently starting fires and crews are asking for anyone with any information on deliberate fire lighting to report anonymously to Firestoppers on 0800 169 5558 or by completing the online for at www.firestoppersreport.co.uk.
The Arson Task Force continues to work with the Neighbourhood Policing Teams specifically in Rushden and Higham Ferrers to gather intelligence and stop these recurring incidents.
Discarded smoking materials started five fires over the weekend, resulting in crews attending incidents in Northampton, Higham Ferrers and Daventry. These fires were in private gardens, where flames had spread to garden waste and other household items and in public locations too. Firefighters had to extinguish undergrowth on a roundabout in Daventry, which was most likely the result of a cigarette being disposed of from a passing car. These fires could easily have led to larger scale incidents that could have had a significant impact on individuals and environments.
Firefighters want everyone to stay safe and enjoy the sun, and as the hot weather continues this week, they are asking everyone to take extra care to avoid risk to life, property and the environment.
Simple safety advice to prevent outdoor fires can be found on the website.