The Downs today at the same time there was a fire started by two bbqs.
Reported via desktop in the Abandoned vehicle in park/open space category anonymously at 15:27, Wednesday 7 September 2022
Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later
I was at the Downs today at the same time there was a fire started by two bbqs. The fire brigade with a fire engine had to come to put out the fire, which had spread on a large area of tinder dry grass. The people who started the fire ran, or rather drove away from the scene. There were about four firemen hosing down the fire there the area to make sure the soil underneath was not still burning. It was windy and it was lucky the fire hadn't spread further. One of the hot tin foil tray that held the coals had blown away. It could have spread the fire somewhere else if the fireman hadn't seen it. I asked him if he found this frustrating and he told me, diplomatically, there was a house on fire nearby, indicating the limitation of resources. Then there was the wasted water to put the fire out. There should be a really clear message to ban fires and bbq on any public land, especially in this hot weather, because of the risk of fires, and becasue of the unavoidable burning and heating of the soil underneath the bbq. I was on the downs a week ago and saw evidence of many bbqs that had scorched the earth leaving the tell tale black burnt rectangle. This is about people waking up to the need to respect nature in these times of climate and biodiversity emergency. I live in the Forest of Dean and used to live in Bristol for 24 years. I feel an attachment to Bristol and have loved the parks that cover the city. I am assuming it is actually illegal to have a fire in a public space? I know it's easy for me to say enforce the law, but I am really concerned. This happened in the day time. What if it had happened at night when there were fewer people about to raise the alarm in time? They left all there rubbish as well which included raw meat. I have copied the photos I took at the time, and would like to send them to you
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