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4:39pm 17th July 2017
(Updated 4:39pm 17th July 2017)

A bonfire warning goes out to Cornwall after firefighters were called to out of control blaze.

A crew from Tolvaddon got the shout to Camborne on Monday lunchtime.

They use beaters and a hose reel to put it out - but they are urging us to report planned bonfires.

A spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "An appliance from Tolvaddon Community Fire Station attended to a call concerning an out of control bonfire.

"The crew used Beaters and one hose reel to extinguish the fire."

If you are planning a large bonfire in Cornwall, inform Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service before you start by dialling 0203 162 2240 and tell the Critical Control Operator:

  • Your location. 
  • Time you intend to start burning. 
  • Confirm when you have finished burning.

This helps the service avoid sending fire engines to false alarms when they could be responding to a real emergency.

With controlled burns, it is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it.

Always ensure a fire is completely out before you leave it and check next day to ensure it has not reignited.

Good bonfire guidelines:

  • Only burn dry, clean material such as branches or unpainted and untreated wood.
  • Never burn household waste or anything containing plastic, foam or paint.
  • Avoid lighting fires in unsuitable weather conditions.
  • Avoid burning when air pollution levels are high in your area. Air quality can be checked on Defra's Pollution Forecast web page
  • Keep your fire away from trees, fences and buildings.
  • Never use oil, petrol or methylated spirits to light a fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Do not burn at frequent intervals.

You can find more advice here.

4:39pm 17th July 2017

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