North York Moors National Park announces fire alert
23 June 2022
People visiting the North York Moors this weekend are asked to be particularly vigilant to the increased risk of moorland and forest fires. While the recent hot weather has been enjoyed by many, the lack of rainfall has led to ground vegetation becoming extremely dry, forcing the National Park Authority to announce a fire alert.
Under no circumstances should anyone light fires or barbecues and great care should be taken when disposing of items such as cigarettes or glass bottles. This includes throwing cigarette ends out of car windows, which can lead to roadside fires that spread into sensitive landscapes.
National Park Rangers have been putting up fire risk warning signs across the North York Moors, advising people how they can 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.
“It is still safe to visit and enjoy the North York Moors, but do please take extra care and remember that fires and barbecues are prohibited. The majority of wildfires are completely preventable and nobody wants to see our special moorland habitats damaged or lost.”
If people see a fire, they should report it quickly to the fire service by dialling 999. The period for controlled heather burning on the North York Moors ended on 15 April, which means any sighted fires are wildfire.
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 8.4 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, Danby Lodge 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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