Wildfires threaten to sweep regions of country this weekend after ministers were told of “unprecedented” risk to homes and countryside.
Fire chiefs warned government officials at an emergency meeting on Wednesday that devastating fires could spread to residential areas in coming days, fueled by dry weather and strong east winds.
The Met Office has raised the Fire Hazard Index (FSI), which evaluates how flames could easily spread to highest”exceptional” level for a stretch of Southern England from Nottingham to parts of Sussex and as far west as Abergavenny this Sunday with Temperatures are expected to rise to 36 degrees.
The police are now planning step up patrols for activities that may cause a fire in high risk areas as the government prepares to announce official drought in south of country like soon like Friday.
Firefighters are being transferred to the front lines, and rural volunteer units are moving forward. up. Fire services have extinguished 13 fires across the country. on Wednesday, including in Durham, Berkshire and Cornwall.
Dozens of homes we destroyed in forest fires during last months record heat causing insurance claims worth more than £1.2 million before one main home insurer.