Notts Fire issue warning about grass and garden fires

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning to residents not to set ‘irresponsible’ fires in their gardens.

Hot temperatures and a drought in rain over the last two weeks has made grass very dry, meaning fires can spread easier and quicker.

Reader Karen Millar sent this photograph of a garden fire, leading to the warning from Notts Fire.

Reader Karen Millar sent this photograph of a garden fire, leading to the warning from Notts Fire.

A spokesperson for Notts Fire said: “With the current heatwave continuing we would strongly urge people to avoid having bonfires – be it in parks, gardens or other open spaces.

“The ground, grass and vegetation is extremely dry at present and this can cause fires to catch and spread much quicker.

“What might seem like a harmless garden waste fire could easily spread to grass, overhanging trees, fences and sheds – and even spread to the home, too, which can have really dangerous consequences.”