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Yet Another Warning To Avoid Bonfires On Yorkshire Coast

Yet Another Warning To Avoid Bonfires On Yorkshire Coast

Published by Karen Liu at 8:15am 3rd May 2020.

There is yet another warning to Yorkshire coast residents about avoiding bonfires during coronavirus.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue says it is still attending too many incidents like these when it should be doing other things.

It says what starts out as something simple in the garden can have serious consequences.

Station Manager, Tony Walker, said:

"Fires can spread very rapidly. You turn your back for a few moments and they do spread through fences or if you've got conifers which give off a high sap content, it can spread really rapidly.

I'm a fire investigation officer and I went to one quite recently where it spread from a small controlled burn at the side of a garage via a fence to the garage roof, so they do spread pretty quickly."

Listen to what Tony had to say:

Liz Colling, Deputy Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

"The fire service have asked that people don't have them because if they get out of control, they will have to come to those and they're off the road from doing other things.

For me, it's about being a good neighbour. I have asthma and if somebody has a bonfire, I know about it.

But just think about COVID, if people are self-isolating, they're scared and then a bonfire makes your breathing worse. It's just not a neighbourly thing to do."

Here's what Liz had to say:




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