Countryside and Rural

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) would like to urge the public to consider safe actions when enjoying the countryside and exploring local rural areas. We all can play our part to prevent wildfire from occurring which can have a devastating effect on our wildlife, natural sites and farming land. We have provided a number of safety tips on this page to help you and the community stay safe and protect our lands.

If you see a fire:

  • If you do see a fire in the countryside/rural areas, dial 999 immediately 
  • Don’t attempt to fight fires that can’t be put out safely on your own
  • Give a map reference if possible, otherwise give a landmark such as a farm or pub to help us locate you
  • Estimate the size of the area that’s burning and the colour/amount of smoke you can see
  • Describe the type of terrain, whether it is grass, bracken, forest/farm land etc
  • Evacuate the area as soon and as safely as possible

Follow our safety tips below to reduce the risk of wildfires:

  • Avoid discarding cigarettes in the countryside, dispose by completely extinguishing the cigarette before discarding.
  • Ensure that any bottles, glasses or shards of broken glass are cleared to avoid this magnifying in the sun which can cause a fire.
  • Always take extra care if using a barbecue (and follow our barbecue safety tips)
  • Talk to young people about the dangers of playing with and lighting fires. If you have fire setting concerns, please visit our Arson Task Force page for advice.
  • Report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to FireStoppers on 0800 169 558.
  • In case of fire keep calm and evacuate the area as quickly as possible
  • Call the fire and rescue service and give the location (map reference or a landmark such as a farm or pub is useful)
  • Ensure you clear any litter and rubbish outdoors to reduce the risk of fire spreading

Each year in the UK on average around 1,600 farm buildings and 85,000 areas of grassland are destroyed by fire. Around 40% of these fires were started deliberately.*

Northamptonshire is the home of some lovely rural landmarks and scenery. We would like to ensure that as a Service, we can provide information paramount to keeping safe outdoors.

If a fire breaks out;

  • Call 999 immediately
  • Do not attempt to fight the fire unless it is safe to do so
  • Prepare to evacuate livestock

It is important to provide as accurate location information as possible. This can be done by using assistance such as Grid Reference Finder, Google Maps or What3Words.

There are many potential risks of premises/sites within Northamptonshire, it may be worth contacting us to arrange a visit to your site to establish hazards and provide safety information.

It is important that you inform us should you store hazardous materials/ fertiliser on your premises. The best way to inform us is via email, detailing the type of materials you have, where they are being stored and the contact details for the responsible individual.

The Fire Safety Order 2005:
The Primary Fire Safety legislation in England and Wales is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which came into force October 2006.

This legislation applies to farm buildings and the farm owners/managers are generally seen under the Order as being the responsible person to ensure adequate fire safety provisions are in place. The Order requires a Fire Safety Risk Assessment to be carried out. For more information about Fire Risk Assessments, please see our risk assessment page where you can find more information as well as blank templates and risk assessment documents.

* London Chamber of Commerce statistics 2003
Last updated: December 2020

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