The MET Office has issued a "very high" wildfire warning this weekend across the south of England.

Residents are bein urged not to have BBQ's in the next few days.

Group Commander of North Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ryan Thurman, is reminding the public to stay vigilant after receiving a AMBER wildfire alert.

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He wrote on Twitter: "South of England received amber wildfire warning this weekend. Wind causes rapid fire spread.

"Be careful in the woods and grassland - please no fires, BBQ's. If you see a fire call 999 immediately and keep away.

"Do not risk yourself or our fire crews unncesessarily. Thank you."

This alert means that, should another wildfire be experienced, it could spread quickly and easily due to the dry and windy conditions.

The following advice has been issued:

• Don’t have BBQs or campfires on the heath or in open spaces, the risk of a fire starting is too great in the current conditions.

• Extinguish cigarettes properly, don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows – take your litter home.

• If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately to the Fire & Rescue Service and provide as much detail as possible about location and access. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident.

When calling the Fire and Rescue Service:

• Get to a safe place,

• note the fire location,

• call 999,

• meet the Fire and Rescue Service at the entrance.

• Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.

Landowners and land managers are also advised, where possible, to be prepared for fires and ensure that fire breaks are cut and well maintained with any cut grasses and vegetation removed from the site.

The damage caused by wildfires can be devastating and forests take many, many decades to restore and regrow.

Fires kill wildlife including the rare reptiles and birds that call the forest home, destroy woodlands, and damage water quality and carbon storage.