AS THE sunny weather continues the fire service is reminding people to take care to avoid a situation like last summer.

Moorland on Winter Hill above Bolton caught fire last summer and the intense blaze lasted more than a month.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice to the public to be careful while out enjoying the sun.

In a statement the fire service said: "Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats.

"Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Keep the glorious British countryside picture perfect and your visit trouble-free by following our straightforward advice."

  • Always extinguish your cigarette
  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through the glass can start large fires
  • Keep children away from matches, cigarettes and open fires
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended
  • If you see a fire, report it