The MP for Devizes, Danny Kruger, has called for extra safety measures to be put in place after the wildfires across Salisbury Plain week. 

Thousands of residents across the county were affected as the fires raged all week. 

Writing on his website, Mr Kruger said he was "very sorry and concerned to see the spate of fires", and that he "knows these fires have a very real impact on residents".  

Firefighters were initially unable to reach the fires as they were on Ministry of Defence land - and helicopters were eventually used to drop water over the affected areas. 

Mr Kruger said:"It is always to be expected that there will be some fires during extremely hot weather, but it is not the case that these are ‘wildfires’ as the risk from the heat has been made worse by the live firing going on. 

"I have been in touch with the Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, who has assured me that he is acutely aware of the situation, management of which is a huge responsibility with conflicting pressures. He has again asked the MOD to look at what can be done to mitigate the risk and impact of fires on the training area."

He added: "Previously I have spoken with landowners and farmers in the constituency about the current regulations on grazing on Salisbury Plain, as more grazing could reduce the risk of fire. This is something I believe would be a real help to residents and I will continue to explore this in my conversations with local farmers and with Government."