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Exercise caution when lighting fires in the countryside

People have been warned to exercise caution when lighting fires in the countryside - or risk putting strain on the fire service by tying up vital resources.

Each year firefighters deal with a number of fires involving gorse and heathland commonly when the weather is dry and warm. 
 
A number of these have been started by out of control bonfires, badly managed barbeques or discarded cigarettes - the speed at which they spread often takes people by surprise. 
 
Firefighter Neil Garlick says it's important people take precautions to stop things going wrong: 

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