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Plea for vigilance as Moors go on fire alert

4 May 2017

People visiting the North York Moors are asked to be particularly vigilant as recent dry weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the National Park. The National Park Authority will be putting fire risk warning signs up on key sites advising people what they can do to help to reduce the risk. The signs will remain in place until the fire risk passes.

A reduction in rainfall, coupled with very dry ground vegetation such as heather and bracken, has prompted the decision by the National Park Authority to put the North York Moors on fire alert. Even if rain is forecast, it may not be enough to make a difference to conditions on the moors.

Bernie McLinden, Senior Ranger (coast) at the North York Moors National Park said:

“Past experience has shown us that under these types of conditions, moorland fires can spread extremely quickly causing significant damage to the landscape and its wildlife. The message we want to give to people is please do come and enjoy the North York Moors and, as the majority of moorland fires can be prevented, please take extra care and follow the advice on the signs, such as avoiding lighting fires and BBQs and to not discard cigarettes, matches or glass bottles including throwing cigarette ends out of car windows.”

If people see a fire, they should report it quickly to the fire service by dialing 999 so that they can take the appropriate action.


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Michael Graham, Assistant Director of Park Services, North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.6 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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