Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care after the hot weather saw a 42 per cent increase in incidents.
In the last two months there’ve been 306 blazes in the county up from 215 for the same period last year.
There’ve also been more than a hundred grassland, woodland and crop fires.
The organisation is issuing the following advice:
Preventing outdoor fires
Avoid lighting open fires in the countryside and talk to children and young people about the danger of starting deliberate fires
Make sure cigarettes and other smoking materials are extinguished properly
Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows; they can ruin whole fields of crops or start grass fires
Sunlight shining though glass can start a fire. Take glass bottles and jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
If you come across a fire in the countryside alert the emergency services by ringing 999
We would also ask people to talk to children about why they should never start deliberate fires, not least because they could be seriously injured themselves – in dry or breezy conditions flames can spread incredibly quickly.
Families or carers with concerns about young people playing with fire can contact the Arson Task Force for help and support. Call 01604 797160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org