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Fire patrols underway

Fire service volunteers are teaming up with Forestry England rangers and the New Forest National Park Authority to encourage summer visitors to the forest to be fire safety aware.

The team will be talking to visitors to remind them that the New Forest is a strictly no barbecue zone and sharing tips on how everyone can help prevent wildfires in the countryside.

The joint patrols began last weekend and are covering key locations across the New Forest. The teams will be visible and aim to connect with as many people as possible over the next two months.

The New Forest continues to be on high alert for the risk of wildfires.

To help protect the area from the potential devastation of fires, earlier this year barbecues and fire of any kind were banned across the New Forest including in its car parks.

All barbecue facilities at Forestry England sites have been removed and prominent no barbecue signs have been installed at New Forest car parks and information points.

50 shops and outlets in and around the New Forest have taken disposable barbecues off sale.

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