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The major incident declared in the Humber region has been stood down.

The number of calls and fires being dealt with by our staff has reduced significantly, but the conditions remain extremely dry and the risk of fire is still very high.

Woodland fire

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) declared a major incident on 19 July 2022, due to the unprecedented number of 999 calls being taken during the record-breaking heatwave.

We urge people to help us prevent these fires from happening in the first place, as grassland and foliage are still extremely dry.

Here are some ways you can help reduce the likelihood of fires starting:

  • Don’t discard cigarettes or matches whilst walking or driving through the countryside
  • Don’t have BBQs in unauthorised areas and make sure it is cold before it is disposed of correctly - never leave it unattended
  • Don’t start campfires in the countryside
  • Don’t discard rubbish – litter such as reflective cans and glass can start fires
  • Report any evidence of illegal fire setting activity

In an event of a fire:

  • Move to a safe place and call the fire service on 999 immediately, provide as much detail as you can – size of fire, location and terrain
  • Don’t tackle the fire
  • If you haven’t already, evacuate the area as soon as possible – these fires can spread fast