Grass fire warnings

FIRE crews are warning of the imminent danger of grassland fires as the warm weather continues.

Warm, dry and windy conditions have left large parts of the countryside susceptible to fire, prompting fire officers to ask residents and landowners to be extra vigilant.

The warning follows a 15 day fire last September on Thorne Moors which destroyed around 100 acres of peat land and was tackled by 50 firefighters.

Residents are being asked to follow guidelines including extinguishing cigarettes properly and not to leave bottles or glass in woodland.

Hundreds of firefighters are currently tackling large gorse, grass and forest fires in West Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Berkshire, Merseyside and Lancashire. Residents can report firesetters anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.