Grassland fire warning

Fire crews in Doncaster are warning of the imminent danger of grassland fires as the warm weather continues.

Warm, dry and windy conditions have left large parts of the countryside susceptible to fire, prompting fire officers to ask Doncaster residents and landowners to be extra vigilant.

The warning follows a 15 day fire last September on Thorne Moors which destroyed around 100 acres of peat land and was tackled by 50 firefighters.

Hundreds of firefighters are currently tackling large gorse, grass and forest fires in West Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Berkshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

With the vast majority of the grass fires South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue attends each year started deliberately, residents can report firesetters anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.