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Public urged to be vigilant following grass and gorse fire at Thurstaston Common

Following grass fires in Wirral, residents and visitors are reminded to be extra cautious during this recent spell of hot weather.  

On Thursday afternoon a fire started in Thurstaston, Merseyside Fire and Rescue responded with 6 pumps on site and firefighters working to control the blaze. Following dampening down during the evening, the area reignited on Friday morning (May 29) and officers were on the scene from 6am. Residents are asked to please avoid the area to allow firefighting operations to continue.

The fire covered an approximate 150sqm of grass and gorse across a triangular area between Thors Rock and the Rugby Club. The incident is ongoing and further details are available from Merseyside Fire and Rescue website

Residents and visitors are reminded to not light fires or barbecues in open countryside or woodland – only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and NEVER leave them unattended. Remember, barbecues are not allowed on beaches. 

Watch: Station Manager Lauren Woodward gives a tour of the devastation at Thurstaston Common where she was Incident Commander. Please listen to the messages from firefighters at the scene or we will have no beauty spots left to visit.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue advise

  • Ensure cigarettes are extinguished correctly and cannot reignite. 
  • Do not throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows 
  • Take your litter home with you 
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through glass can start fires (take them home and recycle them) 
  • Do not light fires or barbecues in open countryside or woodland – only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and NEVER leave them unattended. Remember, barbecues are not allowed on beaches. 
  • If you see a fire, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately by calling 999 and give the nearest main road that the fire appliance can access. Apps like What3Words can help to give a more accurate location. 
  • Don’t attempt to tackle fires yourself – leave the area as quickly as possible.