15th May, 2021

Warning to residents after open fires at the Lickey Hills and across Bromsgrove District

Tristan Harris 10th Jul, 2018 Updated: 10th Jul, 2018

A WARNING has gone out to residents about bonfires, barbecues and discarded cigarette ends after several open fires in Bromsgrove district in the last 48 hours.

On Saturday night a woodland fire destroyed trees and bushes in the Lickey Hills.

It happened at 9.45pm and took two fire engines from Bromsgrove, one from Redditch and vehicles from Malvern and Kings Norton to battle the blaze.

Because in was inaccessible by road, an Argo-Cat and another all-terrain vehicle were used to get to the fire so water could be pumped on the flames.

The area was damped down afterwards by the Lickey Hills Rangers to ensure the blaze did not reignite.

On Sunday night at 11.35pm two fire engines attended an out of control bonfire on Byron Way in Bromsgrove and, after crews put it out, advice was given to the person who started it.

Last night (Monday) a fire was extinguished on Monument Lane by firefighters using backpacks.

A camp fire started on land next to Rose Hill was put out by firefighters who then offered advice to the person who started it.

The Lickey Hills Rangers tweeted: “Please remember folks, barbecues or fires are not permitted in any Birmingham parks.

“Especially important at the moment with the dry conditions. Enjoy the sunshine.”

There has also been five fires in the space of 11 days at the former quarry off Cock Hill Lane in Rubery.

And residents have been warned about taking care of their outbuildings after fire ripped through a garage in Tardebigge when a mirror reflected sunlight streaming through the window.

A spokesperson for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Everything is so dry at the moment, everyone needs to be so careful.”

Visit https://www.hwfire.org.uk/ for more information on fire safety.

Two more incidents, which could be heat-related, were wedding ring removals.

Cutting equipment was used to free two people of their wedding rings – one in Droitwich on Saturday and one in Bromsgrove on Sunday.



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