Forest fire

Forest fire

 The prolonged dry spell has left the local heathland and woodland areas vulnerable to fire. Despite several rain storms the risk remains high. This image is from Swinley Forest in Berkshire where over 50 hectares of plantation were destroyed, and 300 ha damaged. Forestry Commission staff and the Fire Service have the situation under control and now the clear up begins. These are said to have been the worst fires for 20 years with a combination of dry conditions and high winds.

The Swinley fire is thought to have been started deliberately, although there is always a danger from bbqs and campfires. At QECP these activities can only take place in designated areas to try to reduce the risk.   

Hampshire Search and Rescue have published a Fire Safety Code to help those using the countryside. This can be found at www.hantsfire.gov.uk/countryside.htm

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