Firefighters’ soggy sausage warning in battle against the barbecues

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A heath fire at Sway earlier in 2020 (Photo: Mac Hall)

FIREFIGHTERS are warning people they could end up with a soggy sausage if they continue to flout the ban on barbecues on the open Forest.

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Hot weather and a spate of blazes involving barbecues, bonfires and campfires on dry land led to all these being prohibited, with the area declared a high fire risk. Shops have also been urged by the national park authority to stop selling disposable versions.

Incidents have continued to take place, however, including at least three over the weekend, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has vowed to intervene if anyone is caught.

Last Friday evening crew from Fordingbridge responded to reports of a disposable barbecue lit at Abbotswell car park, a Forestry England site in Frogham.

On the same evening, there was a call-out to people having a disposable barbecue in the Ringwood area.

Around 6pm on Sunday, a Burley crew that responded to reports of a possible fire in Holmsley Inclosure discovered another barbecue, which was out on arrival.

Posting about last Friday’s incidents on Twitter, the fire service said: “We don’t intend to ruin anyone’s evening but BBQs are not permitted in the New Forest and we will put water on your burgers and bangers and no one likes a soggy sausage!”

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