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28 March 2012, 07:06 | Updated: 28 March 2012, 12:07
With unusually warm weather across the Thames valley this March Berkshire's Fire service is warning people about how quickly wildfires can start.
The service says every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats.
It was during the dry, hot weather last Easter that saw wildfires destroy a large part of Swinley Forest in Bracknell.
RBFRS has given out these tips to reduce the risk of a fire starting.
If you plan to make the most of the warm weather by having a barbecue, keep yourself and your friends and family safe by following these precautions:
Paul Jacques, Group Manager for Prevention at RBFRS, said:
“It’s great to make the most of this unexpectedly warm weather by spending time outdoors but it’s also important to remember that fire safety doesn’t stop when you leave the house.
"By taking just a few simple steps, you can help to protect the countryside and keep yourself and your loved ones safe from fire.”