Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issue bonfire warning appeal
CORNWALL Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to report planned bonfires after a series of false alarm calls.
Over the past few days there have been 20 call-outs where callers mistook bonfires for uncontrolled fires.
Mark Blatchford, from the service's prevention group, said: "We would never discourage the public from making a call to the emergency services if they are concerned about a potentially hazardous fire.
"However, if we have been made aware in advance that controlled burning or a bonfire is taking place in a certain location, we will not send out appliances unnecessarily – potentially taking resources away from an emergency.
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"Our appeal is to those who are planning a controlled burn – all it takes is a phone call.
"Once we are aware of a controlled burn, our highly trained 999 control room operators can judge how best to respond to an emergency call."
Under the Environmental Protection Act, action can be taken if a fire causes a statutory nuisance due to smoke or smell.
If you are planning a large bonfire or controlled burning in Cornwall ring 01872 320205.