Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a plea asking anyone using the Easter weekend to tidy their gardens to not light any bonfires.
Highlighting the pressures on the emergency services due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller has made the appeal to help reduce the need for avoidable call outs.
Last weekend, Bedfordshire fire crews attended 12 bonfires, two of which resulted in serious fires.
A fire in a rear garden spread to a property causing fire and significant smoke damage. In another, a building materials fire was left unattended.
“Despite our guidance, people continue to light open fires, knowing the risks & damage to the environment. We urge you to please stop”, said Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller
“Please do not light bonfires, keep your families safe.”