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Fire warning as mild weather continues

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Devon's fire service says it's already dealt with 2 wild fires

Yesterday broke the record for the warmest ever February day. Exeter's Met Office says temperatures in some areas were above 20.

Now Devon's Fire service is warning of wild fires in the unseasonably warm weather. It says it has attended 2 heath land fires over the last few days. It has now issued advice, usually given in the warm summer months. 

• extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly 
• never throw cigarette ends out of car windows 
• don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires; take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
• avoid using open fires in the countryside 
• if you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately 
• don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.

Alan Gilson, Community Safety Prevention Manager explained: "We want people to be able to enjoy the countryside, but ask them to be vigilant during drier weather to help prevent more wild fires in the future. A change in wind direction can cause the fire to spread rapidly, putting fire fighters at risk as well as nearby people and property."

Alan added: "Some fires are clearly started deliberately - and we would ask the public to report any suspicious behaviour to the police immediately. You can contact the police on the 101 number or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

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