RESIDENTS are being urged to do all they can to help prevent and stop wildfires.

The move comes as more and more fire crews are being called to incidents involving fires in the open.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is asking the public to be vigilant and follow a few simple steps to reduce the chance of a wildfire.

Station Commander Steve Andrews said: "We have been experiencing some dry, warm weather and it is only natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with family and friends but it is also important to stay fire aware when out and about, as every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats." He added the fire service is also asking people to be extra cautious when lighting barbeques and bonfires.

For a list of things to do to help prevent wildfires, go to