Two open fires in Milton Keynes today as public warned about increased wildfire risk

    Two open fires in Milton Keynes have been put out today as members of the public are being re-warned that the hot and dry weather has increased the risk of wildfires in our area.

    At 1.56pm today, fire officers were called to a grass fire on Summergill Court in Heelands. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended and put out the blaze.

    Earlier this morning, at 8.44am, the Fire Service were called to a fire in the open at Tene Acres in Shenley Church End. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended.

    It comes as the Country Land and Business Association is again calling on the public to take extra care in the countryside due to the increased fire risk as warm, dry, and settled conditions have elevated wildfire conditions across large swathes of the country.

    They have cited a number of recent large blazes in the county, including one near Aylesbury on Thursday.

    A blaze took hold on Moreton Road, Kimblewick, and involved hay storage units, farm machinery, commercial vehicles, trees and a field measuring about 100 metres by 60 metres.

    CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards said: “We have witnessed the devastating impacts of the recent fires, both on communities as well as scarring the landscape and destroying wildlife, and we appeal to the public to be extra vigilant when out and about in the countryside.”

    Rob Gazzard, Chairman of the South East England Wildfire Group, said: “If you find a wildfire, do four things. First get to a place of safety, then dial 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service."

    “Tell fire control about the location of the fire, its size and any other relevant information."

    “Finally meet the fire and rescue service at a pre-arranged entrance point, direct them to the fire and be on hand to provide other information. Be #wildfireaware.”

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