A LOCAL authority has launched its annual bonfire and firework display notification scheme.

The Burnley Council initiative is aimed at people and organisations holding bonfires or firework displays in the run-up to and around Bonfire Night.

The scheme has been successful in cutting the number of call-outs by the fire service to ‘nuisance’ fires during its busiest time of the year.

Under the scheme, anyone organising a bonfire or firework display is urged to notify Burnley Council about the event.

The council will work with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service which will contact the event organiser to offer advice and safety tips.

The aim of the initiative is to help ensure the period around November 5 is enjoyable but safe.

Cllr Bea Foster, the council’s executive member for environmental services, said: “The notification scheme has proved a success, cutting the number of nuisance calls which, in turn, has helped Bonfire Night to generally pass off more safely.”

An online form has been created on the council’s website for people and organisations to notify the authority about fires and firework displays open to the public.

The deadline for notification is October 27.