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Emergency services' barbecue warning amid 'severe' wildfire risk

PUBLISHED: 19:21 20 April 2019 | UPDATED: 19:21 20 April 2019

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Police have warned people to be careful when using disposable barbecues over the warm Easter weekend. Picture: Getty Images

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Police have warned people to be careful when using disposable barbecues over the warm Easter weekend. Picture: Getty Images

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As the Easter heatwave continues and many families take the opportunity for a barbecue, the emergency services have warned the public to be careful when lighting up.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said the risk of wildfires is considered to be “severe” this weekend due to the combination of a lack of recent rainfall and unseasonably warm temperatures – which could reach the mid-20s on Bank Holiday Monday.

On Twitter the fire service urged members of the public to be cautious, particularly when using disposable barbecues.

The warning was seconded by Norfolk Police, which in a tweet from its BroadsBeat account reminded people that paving slabs are provided at most moorings in the Broads National Park for those to choosing to barbecue on the waterways.

It added: “Please heed this warning over the #EasterBankHoliday on the #norfolkbroads.”

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