A WARNING has been issued following several grass fires over the weekend.

Firefighters are urging residents to be careful and make sure they do not leave any disposable barbecue, cigarettes or bonfire on the grass.

This comes after crews were called to several grass fires yesterday morning including one in Seymour Road in Southampton and one in Brockenhurst.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire and Rescue Service said: “There will be no rain any time soon. The hot weather is going to keep going. It’s vital people are careful especially at the moment because it’s so dry and we need complete vigilance and if anyone spots anything call 999. The help from the public has been fantastic so far.”

The warning comes after police are hunting an arsonist who set fire to heathland in the New Forest.

As previously reported, the blaze was the fourth in the Dibden Inclosure area in 24 hours and involved trees and heathland at Dibden Bottom, near Hythe.