Abandoned barbecue found burning in forest
Firefighters were called after an abandoned barbecue was found still burning in a wooded area.
Wareham firefighters were called to the scene of the incident last night.
A spokesperson for the station said: “A fire engine was sent to a wood near Blue Pool where someone decided to have a barbecue and left it to burn.
“Thank you very much to the cyclist who called him. If in doubt, call 999.”
As previously reported, Dorset Emergency Services say staffing issues and a high number of calls mean they are under pressure and urge the public to call for emergency help only during what they expect to be a busy weekend.
The ambulance service, Dorset Police and county hospitals are currently under pressure and this pressure is expected to continue to rise over the weekend with a warm weather forecast and Dorset is expected to be busy with an influx of visitors.
Representatives from the county’s emergency services gathered today at a Strategic Coordination Group meeting to discuss how they can ensure the public continues to receive the help they need.
The Chairman of the Strategic Coordination Group, Police Chief James Vaughan, said: ‘Dorset emergency services are already under strain due to staff testing positive for Covid-19 or having to isolate. With the good weather expected this weekend this pressure will increase so we ask the public to help us by only calling if they really need emergency help.
“With this help, we are confident that we can ensure that our resources are in place to focus on meeting the expected high level of demand. ”