Met Office

Wildfire warning with dry spell in prospect

The Met Office has warned of an increasing risk of wild fires, with no rain forecast until at least the start of next week.

Last year, large wildfires broke out at St Bees Head on the Cumbrian coast, and a rescue team from South Cumbria took their specialist vehicles to help with a huge firefighting effort on Winter Hill in Lancashire.

Alan Goodman from the Met Office told BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller at Breakfast about the outlook for the next week or so:

A lot of dry weather, quite a a bit of sunshine as well... it's all effectively drying out the ground. This is the time of year the concerns for wildfire do particularly kick off. We saw during the back end of February when we had that very warm weather, one or two fires hit the headlines."

Alan GoodmanMet Office