A burning campfire left overnight on Woodbury Common has prompted an appeal against lighting fires on heath land. Commons warden Bungy Williams said he was ‘gobsmacked’ on Monday when a smouldering campfire - pictured here - was discovered on land opposite the Wheathill car park.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
A smouldering campfire discovered on Woodbury Common has prompted calls for vigilance in a bid to prevent a blaze
A burning campfire left overnight on Woodbury Common has prompted an appeal against lighting fires on heathland.
Commons warden Bungy Williams said he was ‘gobsmacked’ on Monday when a smouldering campfire was discovered on land opposite the Wheathill car park.
The fire service has called for public vigilance, warning action against anyone caught deliberately lighting fires on the common.
Mr Williams said there was a total ban on lighting fires or barbecues on the commons.
He said no matter how vigilant or competent people thought they were, the ban was in place to prevent accidents.
Mr Williams said: “I would like to thank the two people who reported the fire and would ask any other person seeing fires to report them straight away.”
The commons warden said the fire-lighting culprits had prepared the area, scraping the ground and sweeping leaves from the dried mud. He said, had the wind blown, the discarded leaf pile could easily have caught alight.
Mike White, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Exmouth group manager, slammed the fire lighter as ‘irresponsible’.
He said undercover patrol service Project Hawkeye – which aimed to curb malicious blazes - remained active on the common.
Mr White said: “We ask the public to be vigilant.”