Landowners and farmers are given wildfire risk advice

Farmers and landowners are better prepared to deal with the risk of wildfire incidents after a session hosted by Northumberland Fire Group.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:50 pm
The wildfire session, organised by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of Northumberland Fire Group.

Organised by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) on behalf of Northumberland Fire Group (NFG), it offered advice to farmers, land managers, landowners and gamekeepers about keeping land and businesses safe from wildfires.

Speakers from NFRS, Northumbrian Water, Northern Powergrid, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, Northumberland National Park and Northumberland County Council provided information on how to plan for wildfires and the impacts and dangers of wildfires and prescribed burning.

Paul Hedley, NFRS chief fire officer, said: “In rural areas like Northumberland, wildfires are a potential risk and they can have devastating effects.

“Events like these are vital to reduce the risk of wildfires, but also to better prepare landowners and businesses for potential incidents and reduce the impact these may have on local communities, businesses and the natural environment.”

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The event was held at Elsdon Village Hall and included several short talks.