The dry and windy weather since the snow in early March has left areas of grassland very dry and sixty grass fires have been reported in Sefton between Friday, March 29th to Tuesday, April 9th. That includes damage to Moorside and Victoria Park in Victoria ward and also in Rimrose Valley.
334 fires have been reported in the Merseyside area in total.
Merseyside Fire and rescue services report that there may be various causes of the fire not just Anti-Social behaviour and ask that “People should ensure that cigarettes are extinguished properly and should not throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of vehicle windows” See PRESS RELEASE
Fellow Victoria Ward Councillor & Merseyside Fire & Rescue service Vice Chairman Les Byrom says “I have asked for a more specific Sefton update over the weekend, I am told most fires are small, ASB type, but mostly in the Rimrose valley area. There has also been a fire incident in Formby on the beach”