Further to the alert from Dorset Police about being good neighbours, they have issued another alert, but this time about bonfires. In the alert, they highlight that Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue are “asking the public not to undertake prescribed or controlled burns unless it is absolutely necessary“, as at this time of year (particularly since the upturn in the weather recently) it is usual to see an increase in wildfires.
The alert also highlights the dangers and considerations of bonfires, particularly given we all possibly have more time on our hands due to Coronavirus:
Many people will now be spending more time tidying up their gardens, but with the closure of council tips and the suspension of garden waste collection services, there may be a temptation to have bonfire instead. Bonfires can very quickly get out of control and DWFRS has seen an increase in calls as a result.
Not only that, bonfires can cause a nuisance to neighbours, especially for those who are at present unable to go outside of the perimeters of their property, so the only opportunity they have for fresh air is within the confines of their garden, so please consider your neighbours and whether it is really necessary to have a bonfire.