Guernsey fire destroys grassland

A burnt field in St Pierre du Bois Fire officers said the close-cut grass had prevented the flames spreading further

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A fire in the Guernsey parish of St Pierre du Bois has destroyed an area of grassland the size of a football pitch.

It is believed a bonfire got out of control and was spread by the wind across a field in the rural parish.

The Guernsey Fire and Rescue service was called at 14:15 BST and sent three fire engines to deal with the blaze at Les Paysans near La Houguette School.

Fire officers said the fact the grass was very short had probably stopped the fire spreading to surrounding fields.

The area affected was estimated to be approximately 5,000 sq m (54,000 sq ft).

Steve Wilkes, the Fire Safety Manager, urged islanders to report immediately any fire they spotted in the countryside.

Following a long spell of mainly dry and hot weather, he also gave further advice on avoiding fires.

He asked islanders to avoid open fires in the countryside, to put out cigarettes properly and to use barbecues only in suitable and safe areas without leaving them unattended.

He also recommended candles should not be used in or near tents.

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