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Firefighters tackle numerous wildfires in Hampshire over the Bank Holiday weekend

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service says its teams dealt with one wildfire almost every hour during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Crews responded to 64 fires in open areas in the county between Friday night and Tuesday morning.

The largest fire during that time period took place in Ringwood Forest, affecting 40,000 square metres of land.

With warm and sunny conditions expected later this week, firefighters are urging us to not leave rubbish behind in the countryside which could start a fire.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager, Steve Ash, said:

“We ask the public to do their bit in helping us prevent these fires happening in the first place.

“What this means is taking everything away with you after a picnic or barbecue to ensure nothing is left behind that could start a fire.

“Also make sure you only have a barbecue or light a fire in a designated area and that everything has been properly extinguished before you leave.

“In the unfortunate case of there being a fire we ask that you get to a place of safety and call 999 immediately so we can put it out before it does significant damage to the countryside we all enjoy.

“If you see any suspicious activity report it to the police.”

Further advice on helping stop wildfires from starting is available here.

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