Avoid lighting bonfires Image:Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

A plea to the communities of Bedfordshire

On Sunday 5 April, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) attended 12 bonfires. Two were serious fires; one a fire in a rear garden that spread to the property. Ten per cent of the property was damaged by fire and fifty per cent was damaged by smoke.

The other was a fire involving a large amount of building materials which was left unattended. The home owner was located and advice given by the fire service and police.

Everyday life has changed and we are all feeling the impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has on ourselves and our community. Because of this situation, BFRS front line services are working harder than ever to keep Bedfordshire safe.

If you wish to report smoke nuisance, please follow your local council’s advice below:

Despite BFRS guidance, people continue to light open fires, knowing the risks & damage to the environment. It urges you to please stop – please do not light bonfires, keep your families safe.

Please listen to the message from Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller here

Please stay at home, if you are concerned about any fire safety whilst at home check out the BFRS website for its home safety check.