Firefighters are warning of the risks of wildfires even after recent rainfall. 

Dorset experienced thunderstorms and heavy rain ahead of the bank holiday weekend, but Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is warning members of the public to remain vigilant when starting fires.

It has also issued some advice on how to protect the countryside from catching fire.

READ: Dorset and Wiltshire Fire service advice amid wildfire alert

A spokesperson for DWFRS said: "Even after all the rain, wildfires are still a risk.

"The ground might be wet but the vegetation dries out quickly and can still catch alight.

"We all have a part to play in protecting our beautiful open spaces.

"Please remember: take your litter home, extinguish smoking material and dispose of it responsibly.

"BBQ’s and campfires are banned in some areas so why not pack a picnic instead."