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UK weather: Avoid having barbecues, Britons warned amid heatwave fires

It might seem like perfect barbecue weather – but the risk of fire is too great for fire pits and outdoor cooking, the public has been warned.

Even a home barbecue should be avoided, fire chiefs have said, after a garden fire in Essex spread to 15 homes and left seven people hurt on Saturday night.

The fire in Chelmsford, Essex, started when a garden fire spread to a group of conifers, and led to 40 people being evacuated from their homes.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, which the fire service said was exacerbated by the very dry conditions.

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