Members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are urging the public to consider a number of elements before setting branches or “any other rubbish” alright.
The safety message coming following an incident in the Steeple region in Co. Antrim earlier today (Wednesday, February 10th). NI Road Policing and Safety highlighted the matter on social media.
In a post on Facebook, a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Today Roads Policing officers from Steeple stopped with this person who was burning hedge cuttings, but also adding more fuel to the fire. This caused heavy smoke to drift across the M2 impairing the vision of drivers.”
“If you are planning to burn any branches or any other rubbish, there are some pointers to consider, where the smoke is blowing, eg, over a major road, and what you are burning. Some items can cause toxic fumes or thick smoke.”
Meanwhile, firefighters brought a tractor fire under control in Colyton, in the UK in recent days.
Units from Colyton joined forces with colleagues from the Honiton division to tackle the blaze which occurred on a farm.
In a statement, in relation to the tractor fire, a spokesperson for Colyton Fire Station said: “The crew from Colyton joined up with the Honiton team to deal with an agricultural vehicle on fire in Farway.
“They quickly got it under control using both tanks of water from the fire engines.”
The spokesperson added: “Due to isolated locations and narrow access routes, rural fires can take us a while to get to so always dial 999 as soon as you can to get us on our way and keep away from the fire.”