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Wild Fires

Every year, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service attend many gorse/vegetation fires that are also known as wild fires. 

Last year the number of wildfires in Cornwall increased by 80% compared with the previous year and there were on average almost two wildfires per week.

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If you are going to do a controlled burn on your land, read this first: Heather and grass burning: rules and applying for a licence. If you don’t follow the rules for burning grass or heather you can be prosecuted and fined. 

CFRCS Service invites responsible parties, who may be considering controlled burning to:

  1. Put in place an effective burn plan.
  2. Inform Critical Control Centre of intended burns, by calling 0203 162 2240.
  3. Draw upon CFRCS Service knowledge.
  4. Make use of limited fire and rescue service resources i.e. beaters, Landrover crew to observe specific burns.  

We have created an arson prevention poster for use around your land if fires are being started deliberately.

Irresponsible behaviour

Anyone with information on fires being deliberately started in the countryside are advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111 or contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 with information.

Arson puts both the public and firefighters at unnecessary risk. It ties up resources that could be in demand for other more serious incidents.

A lot of Cornwall is covered by on-call firefighters, so there's also a significant cost to each incident. Visit the Crimestoppers website.

If you would like free advice on any aspect of fire safety, contact our Freephone Community Fire Safety Helpline on 0800 3581 999. Any general enquiries should be directed to:0300 1234 232.