Say #BurgerOff to Wildfires

A disposable BBQ laying in a burnt forest after a fire which was caused by the BBQ

BBQs can lead to wildfires, pack a picnic instead

In April, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) attended the first significant wildfire of the year, destroying around 750 acres of Surrey and lasting for three days.

Two years ago, in August 2020, SFRS declared a major incident at a wildfire on Chobham Common where approximately 500 acres of the largest National Nature Reserve in South East England was damaged.

Although the cause of both fires are unknown, there are steps that we can take to prevent the damage to our beautiful Surrey outdoors and disruption and devastation for Surrey's wildlife.

Wildfires are sadly becoming more and more common, and cause devastating damage to our countryside, rare species in Surrey, and people's lives and livelihoods.

So what can you do?

Our fire and rescue service is urging you to say #BurgerOff to disposable BBQs and to 'pack a picnic' instead.

Remembering to take your litter home is also important, discarded items such as glass bottles can also start wildfire, as the heat of the sun is magnified by them.

It can take several hours for a disposable BBQ to cool down to a safe level, the risk of starting a wildfire is simply not worth it.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has been working with land owners in Surrey, and some sites in Surrey have a Public Service Protection Order in place, which means if you are found using a disposable BBQ you could be served a fixed notice penalty of £100.

Let's keep Surrey safe from wildfires, find out more from the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service webpage.

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