DORSET Fire and Rescue are urging residents who have bonfires to notify them beforehand.

The service was called to a number of small fires on Tuesday night which turned out to be controlled burning.

A spokesperson said: "If you are going to have a bonfire in your garden then please call us on 01305 753166 to inform us, this could prevent a fire engine turning up unnecessarily.

"Please share this number with family and friends and ask them to do the same. Many thanks."