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.
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.”