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20% spike in fires in Norfolk

20% spike in fires in Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:35am 31st July 2019.

We've seen an alarming rise in these in Norfolk in the last year. 

The long and dry summer has led to a 20% spike in the number of blazes our firefighters were called to tackle. 

Between 2018-2019 crews were sent to fight 2,636 fire an increase of 446 on the previous year, including 664 arson.

fire

 

However, the roasting heat of last July, which brought with it a major spike in wild fires, has been attributed with causing the increase in demand.

Alan Jaye, chairman of the Norfolk Fire Brigades Union, said: 

“It was particularly busy in July were we had an unprecedented level of wild fires, which did skew the figures somewhat.

There was such a huge amount that it really pushed us to the limits.”

norfolk fire and rescue put out bonfire in king's lynn


With the county experiencing another hot spell at the moment, Mr Jaye offered a number of pointers to help limit the chances of a repeat occurrence this summer.

“It’s important people really think about what things can lead to fires.

Personally, I do not think it will be quite as bad this year, a lot of farmers have cultivated their fields and it has not been quite as hot and dry.”

fire wh smith king's lynn

 

  • Do not have barbecues in open fields – but if you do be sure to dispose of all your waste properly
  • Do not smoke in open areas and whenever you finish a cigarette make sure it has been completely stubbed out.
  • Always think carefully about what things can lead to fires

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