Warning of fire risk as the Commons are ‘tinder dry’

Dry area

The conservators of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons say the beauty spots in the town are ‘tinder dry’ and are warning people not to light fires or use barbecues.

Due to lack of rainwater, many areas of the Common are so dry, there are fears a fire could easily spread and even impact buildings in the town centre.

Despite this, Commons Ranger Daniel Colborne says they are finding used barbecues, scorched grass, and even unattended fires on a ‘daily basis’.

He added: “It is a really worrying time on the Commons, given recent devastating wildfire events in other parts of the country.

“Thoughtless behaviour puts us at significant risk of fire spreading across the Commons and into the Town, destroying wildlife, habitat and property. It is a huge concern and we ask for the support of the Community to keep everyone safe.”

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