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Wildfire warning issued to take care

From left to right Keith Kelly, Wildfire Training Officer, Billy Davison, Wildfire Training Officer (at the back), Robert Stacey, Project Officer, Jennifer Hewitson farming and rural enterprise officer, Dr Anna Charlton chair of the independent panel for the sustainable development fund and Alex Bennett, Chief Fire Officer. The Retained Fire Fighters pictured are, left to right, Ross Gray, Simon Irving and Paul Brown

From left to right Keith Kelly, Wildfire Training Officer, Billy Davison, Wildfire Training Officer (at the back), Robert Stacey, Project Officer, Jennifer Hewitson farming and rural enterprise officer, Dr Anna Charlton chair of the independent panel for the sustainable development fund and Alex Bennett, Chief Fire Officer. The Retained Fire Fighters pictured are, left to right, Ross Gray, Simon Irving and Paul Brown

Firefighters have warned people to take care in the countryside to prevent a blaze.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service says that wildfires destroy thousands of acres of countryside each year, and most are started by accident. People are advised to always extinguish and dispose of cigarettes properly and only light a barbecue in a designated area.

The service has recently received 60 pieces of new wildfire fighting kit from Northumberland National Park, including 20 pulaskis, 18 long-handled beaters and ten backpack sprayers.

 

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