In recent years, possibly due to the increased numbers of the public enjoying the countryside, the incidence of wildfires has increased.
Although wildfires can be started naturally the majority are caused by people, either accidentally or deliberately. We experienced this over the last two years during the various lockdowns when people accessed their local areas more and enjoyed UK breaks as alternatives to travelling abroad.
This summer may see a return to foreign holidays, however with costs rising and many finding the joy of the countryside on their doorstep potentially we could still see more people out and about than pre- pandemic. Despite mainstream media coverage in the past two years many of these people will not be aware of the Countryside Code and so the risk from Wildfires from portable BBQs, campfires, and discarded cigarettes will remain elevated.
The risk from Wildfires from portable BBQs, campfires, and discarded cigarettes will remain elevated.