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Plea for vigilance as the North York Moors announces fire risk

Fire alert Wheeldale MoorFire alert Wheeldale Moor

24 June 2021

People visiting the North York Moors are asked to be particularly vigilant as the recent fine weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the National Park.

Low rainfall, coupled with very dry ground vegetation such as heather and bracken, has forced the North York Moors National Park Authority to announce a fire alert. Even if rain is forecast in the coming days, it will likely not be heavy or sustained enough to make a difference to conditions on the moors. Fire risk warning signs will be displayed at 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.

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.

“Please do enjoy the North York Moors, but do not 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.


Media contact

Nina Beadle

Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

01439 772577

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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