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National Park enters fire risk as holiday getaways begin

Fire risk notice on gateFire risk notice on gate
22 July 2021

The North York Moors National Park Authority has announced a fire risk in the same week that schools in the region begin their summer break. With thousands of families set to visit the area in the coming days and weeks, people are reminded to be vigilant and act with extreme care.

The recent heatwave and low levels of rainfall have led to exceptionally dry ground vegetation. Any spark or direct heat source could potentially lead to a fire that spreads dangerously out of control. Fire risk warning signs will be displayed at key sites in the North York Moors and these will advise people how to reduce the risk. The signs will remain in place until the risk passes.

Senior Ranger, Bernie McLinden, 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.

“We of course want people to enjoy the North York Moors during their summer holidays, but do not under any circumstances light fires or barbecues and do 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 dialling 999. The controlled heather burning period for gamekeepers has now ended, so any fire spotted will be a wildfire and should be reported.


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Catriona McLees, Head of Marketing & Communications
North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772532

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 8.3 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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