Being wildfire aware

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Hear from Ben, a volunteer with Surrey Fire and Rescue, about how we can all protect, respect and enjoy the countryside for people and nature. Ben shares some of his brilliant tips on how we can be wildfire aware when enjoying the landscape.

“Surrey’s countryside is shared between people and nature. Be wildfire aware by not lighting BBQs or camping stoves and take all litter home with you.” 

In this short video taken on Thursley Common, Ben explains the importance of protecting our commons particularly during dry weather spells when wildfires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property. He highlights a few tips on being wildfire aware including;

  • Don’t use barbecues or camping stoves in the countryside or light an open fire. They can quickly spread and get out of control.
  • Take your rubbish with you! Bottles and glass can start wildfire as they magnify the sun. Ideally bring a bag with you and take your rubbish and food waste home, use public bins or recycle if possible.
  • Extinguish smoking materials properly. Throwing cigarette ends on the ground or out of a car window can start a wildfire.

Read more about the Countryside Code.