The Ironman 70.3 event takes place this Sunday in Dorchester and
Weymouth. As some roads will close there will be delays, please check your
route before travelling. Weymouth Recycling Centre will not be
open and access to Dorchester Recycling Centre will be disrupted.
On 18 May 2020 the Wareham fire, believed to be one of the most devastating forest and heath fires in living memory, destroyed an area the size of 230 football pitches. Over 430 firefighters worked hard to control the blaze which burnt for over 2 weeks and cost over £1 million. Many wild creatures and important habitats were also lost, and a recovery effort involved many conservationists. The fire is believed to have been started by a discarded disposable BBQ.
Wooden tables, areas of parkland and forest areas have also been left scorched by disposable BBQs and campfires – leaving scars on our beautiful landscape and a risk of major wildfire risk to people, property, and wildlife.
A joint approach to reduce wildfires
Dorset Council is banning BBQs and fires at all of our country parks, and on Dorset Council land that is deemed to be a high fire risk. We have been in touch with others in Dorset who are looking to do the same, and after a multiagency meeting in April 2021, we are leading on a coordinated campaign to address the wildfire risk from BBQs (especially disposable) and fires. Under this joint approach:
Dorset Council have a disposable BBQ and campfire policy in place to support this ban. Clear and simple signage, banners and leaflets have been put out where bans are in place to let people know that having a BBQ or fire is not allowed
Litter Free Dorset is working with shops and supermarkets to encourage them to remove disposable BBQ’s from high fire risk areas. They will also be supplying safety messaging across Dorset for shops selling BBQs and other related items such as charcoal
Urban Heath Partnership is putting out large banners and signage at our protected heathland sites across the BCP Council and Dorset Council area stating it is illegal to have BBQs on heathlands