VISITORS to and residents of the Malvern Hills have been warned over the risks of wildfires as hot weather graces the town.
The recent high temperatures and low rainfall has resulted in the drying of vegetation including scrub and grasslands on the hills and commons – greatly increasing the chances of wildfires starting and spreading.
The warning comes from the Malvern Hills Conservators who have been advising people to be extra careful when out enjoying the warm weather.
A spokesman for the organisation said: “If a wildfire were to break out, the public, grazing livestock and nearby residential properties could all be in danger.
“There are a few simple precautions residents and visitors can take to reduce the chance of wildfires. For example, extinguishing cigarettes properly and never throwing cigarette ends on the ground or out of the car.
“BBQs are not permitted on the hills and commons due to the risk they pose for potentially starting wildfires. Disposable barbecues are particularly problematic as they can be windblown and if placed directly on the ground, cause damage to the important grassland vegetation underneath.
“Chinese or sky lanterns should not be used.”
For more information call Beck Baker on 01684 892002.