No rain brings fire risk

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WITH drought official in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Norfolk fire services have called for caution in the countryside.

Weather recorder Alan Messem’s rainfall records taken a mile from Bury town centre show only 3.2mm of rain fell in April with the highest daily fall of 1.9mm hardly counting as an April shower.

Alan said: “What was particularly unusual was that this month followed a drier than average March, making the combined rainfall for the two months only 12.3mm. The regional average is 90mm.”

He added that on May 1 the town was in absolute drought having had no rain for 15 days.

That worries the fire services as good weather tempts people into the tinder dry countryside. Suffolk’s chief fire officer Andy Fry said: “Due to the unusually hot and dry weather we are beginning to see an increase in the number of fires across heathland and countryside.

“We are urging people to think very carefully about the potential risks when having barbecues, lighting Chinese lanterns, or disposing of smoking materials.”

People are also being urged to take care when using Thetford Forest.