Covidiots’ barbecue causes a massive forest fire that takes 60 firefighters five hours to put out
- Sixty firefighters tackled the fire in Puddletown Forest, Dorset for five hours
- A photo shows the burnt remains of the barbecue that had caused the fire
- Ten crews attended the incident, with the fire extinguished around 9 p.m. last night
- The flames created 2.5 hectares of heather where rare flora could be found
Covidiots have been slammed for causing a massive forest fire when their disposable barbecue got out of hand.
More than 60 firefighters spent nearly five hours tackling the inferno in Puddletown Forest, Dorset yesterday from 4:45 PM.
A photo of the aftermath shows the burnt remains of the barbecue that caused the fire.
More than 60 firefighters spent nearly five hours tackling the inferno at Puddletown Forest, Dorset yesterday from 4:45 PM
A photo of the aftermath shows the burnt remains of the barbecue that caused the fire
These photos shared by the Dorset and Wiltshire firefighters show the devastating fire ripping across the moors
Ten crews attended the Dorchester incident, with the fire extinguishing around 9 p.m.
But the flames ripped through 2.5 hectares of heather, where rare flora and fauna lived.
A hiker who saw smoke in the area raised the alarm, but the arsonists were gone by the time the crew arrived.
The public has been urged to comply with the coronavirus locking rules by leaving the house only for exercise, medical reasons or for shopping.
But some have become restless after being locked up indoors for more than a month and the number of creeping Britons is creeping in.
Sean Blizzard, fire department manager in Dorset and Wiltshire, said, “I believe a member of the public noticed smoke and called.
“They said they saw people barbecuing, but when we arrived, no one was around, although we found the remains of a disposable barbecue.
“It is extremely disappointing and very frustrating because this incident could easily have been avoided by not taking it to the moors.”
Ten crews attended the Dorchester incident, with the fire (photo) extinguished around 9 p.m.
The flames ripped through 2.5 hectares of heather, where rare flora and fauna lived
He said the fire was a major incident for his troops, destroying an area 100 by 100 meters.
It will take 20 years for the flora and fauna to grow again, but Blizzard says it could have been significantly worse.
He added: “We have seen an increase in the number of calls to attend uncontrollable home bonfires and accidental fires since [the lockdown] has started.
“We urge the public to be responsible at this time and to follow the advice of the government.”
A hiker who saw smoke in the area raised the alarm, but the arsonists were gone by the time the crew arrived
The flora and fauna will take up to 20 years to regrow, but Dorset and Wiltshire fire safety manager Sean Blizzard said it could have been significantly worse
But Britain’s roads were full of traffic this morning, as telephone records showed millions of more people are hitting the road.
It is a further sign that they are returning to work despite the blockage of the coronavirus.
It will put pressure on Boris Johnson – who is back to work today – as the call for relaxation of the lockdown from his party grows.
There are measures until at least May 7, but the prime minister acknowledged frustrations with the restrictions.
Still, he insisted he wouldn’t risk a second spike in the disease by relaxing them too quickly.
Traffic is building up on the A40 at West London’s Perivale today at 7:20 am, despite the coronavirus blockage continuing and firefighters following government calls to stay home.
Multiple crews from Poole, Weymouth, Wareham, Hamworthy, Blandford, Wimborne, Dorchester, Bere Regis and Maiden Newton were involved in the firefighting.
A spokesman for the Maiden Newton station said: “It is a belief that someone takes a barbecue to a heath area in such dry conditions where the vegetation is dry.
“There are now enough warnings that there are currently no bonfires for people’s health and that they can spread without warning.
Please don’t have a bonfire and barbecue in natural environments. It is common sense, but some people need to be reminded. ‘