THE wet weather and careful planning meant the emergency services had a relatively quiet Bonfire Night period.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with about 142 bonfires between October 15 and November 6 compared with more than 300 in a similar time period just a few years ago.
The service started its Bonfire Night preparations early by working alongside partners to remove unauthorised and potentially dangerous bonfires.
There was also an extensive youth engagement programme to divert youngsters away from anti-social activities.
Businesses were given advice about storing rubbish to make them a harder target for would be arsonists.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock, said: “Our aim is not to stop people from having fun it is about keeping people safe as they enjoy what should be a fun family event.
“We know all too well the devastating impact the misuse of fire and fireworks can have and so are committed to doing all we can to prevent it.”
A key element of this year’s campaign was the greater use of ‘midi’ fire appliances to patrol known bonfire ‘hot spots’ areas and as well as acting as a deterrent, they responded rapidly to nuisance bonfires to prevent them from becoming a risk to the public.