On the weekend of 23rd April there were a number of heath fires, with Canford Heath being the largest. Dorset Council have prohibited the use of disposable BBQs and the lighting of campfires at any of Dorset Councils country parks and land that is deemed fire high risk. Fire safety information can be found below:

o Lots of educational resources for parents, carers, educators and children can be found at: https://www.dwfire.org.uk/education/

o Information on steps to avoid wildfire at high risk areas can be found at: https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/heath-fires-and-countryside-safety/

o Firewise-UK encourages communities to work together to reduce their risk by taking practical steps in the area and around their homes and gardens – if you have a community that would like to become a Firewise community please get in touch 01202 642787 or email firewiseuk@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk, find out more: https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/heath-fires-and-countryside-safety/firewise/

o A Fire safety outdoors leaflet can be downloaded at: https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/safety-outdoors/

o DWFRS guide on how to BBQ safely can be found at: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service | Barbecues (dwfire.org.uk)

o Bonfire and garden safety information – Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service | Bonfires and garden safety (dwfire.org.uk)