advice for Burnham residents as controlled burning begins
burning of gorse and heather is underway on the Quantocks this
week, with rangers advising residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area
not to be worried if they see smoke on the hills.
have called the fire brigade in the past, fearing that the smoke
and flames has been accidental.
volunteer Ranger Dave Pusill explained: "If you see smoke
on the Quantock Hills at this time of the year it is more than
likely to be swaling - controlled burning - of gorse and heather.
This is done annually to generate new growth, particularly heather."
AONB Rangers and National Trust Rangers work together on this
with the help of Volunteer Rangers who are fully trained with
if you see smoke on the hills at this time of year it will be
swaling. The fire brigade, police and land owners will be notified
by the Rangers before and after the burning. However if you see
heavy smoke during the summer months it would be worth contacting
the fire brigade just in case."