Firefighters tackled a wildfire at a country park on the hottest day of the year so far.

The blaze started yesterday afternoon (May 11) at Ducklington Lake in Witney.

Two fire engines from Witney Fire Station and an incident support officer in a 4x4 were called to reports of a large fire at the popular park.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Every year, wildfires destroy thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats.

"They also put lives and surroundings at risk.

"Wildfires often spread quickly among plants that are dry and easy to burn, such as gorse and heather.

"Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness.

"The dry ground in the summer means there’s an added risk of a fire starting, but you should take care at all times of the year."