North York Moors on fire alert
Dry conditions and further warm weather forecasts have forced the North York Moors National Park Authority to announce a fire alert, just before the busy Easter bank holiday weekend.
Staff from the Authority have put up fire risk warning signs up on moorland sites, advising people how they can help to reduce the risk. The signs will remain in place until the fire risk has passed.
The key message from the Park’s Rangers is to enjoy the Park this Easter, but please be extra careful.
Senior Ranger, Bernie McLinden, said:
“It may not feel as though we’ve been basking in hot sunshine in recent weeks, but a lack of rain has led to very dry ground vegetation that could easily be ignited. If anything, the situation is more dangerous, as people might not be aware just how great the threat is, even in April.
“Fire can spread extremely quickly, as was seen in Guisborough Forest just last week, and this can cause significant damage to the landscape and its wildlife.
“People are asked to avoid lighting fires and BBQs and not to discard cigarettes, matches or glass bottles, including throwing cigarette ends out of car windows.
“The majority of moorland fires can be prevented so we would urge people to take extra care when visiting the National Park while the fire risk signs are in place.”
The period for controlled heather burning on the North York Moors ended on 15 April, which means any sighted fires will be wildfire and should be reported quickly to the fire service by dialling 999.
Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, 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 7.9 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 wide 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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