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Firefighters issue new warning after spate of grass fires in South Yorkshire

Firefighters have dealt with a number of grass fires
Firefighters have dealt with a number of grass fires

Another warning about grass fires during South Yorkshire's summer heatwave has been issued after firefighters spent hours tackling a series of blazes.

Among the incidents was a blaze involving a large area of grassland off Burton Road, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, which took four hours to extinguish on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters have tackled a spate of grass fires during the recent heatwave

Firefighters have tackled a spate of grass fires during the recent heatwave

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A number of seats of fire were discovered and some of the flames spread and caused damage to some vehicles parked outside nearby homes.

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Firefighters were in action in Monk Bretton over the weekend

Firefighters were in action in Monk Bretton over the weekend

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This morning a grass fire was started deliberately on Windsor Street, Thurnscoe, Barnsley and last night grass was torched on Edge Well Crescent, Birley Edge, Sheffield.

Yesterday, grass fires were also started on Meadowbank Road, Rotherham; Hill Crest, Skellow, Doncaster, St Mary's Road, Dunsville, Doncaster and Union Street, Hatfield, Doncaster.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said the risk of accidental fires breaking out on tinder dry land can be reduced if cigarettes are extinguished correctly and rubbish, including bottles, are not left on the ground.

The fire services is also urging people not to start camp fires in the countryside and to take care when using disposable barbecues.