North York Moors on fire alert
Visitors to the North York Moors are asked to be particularly vigilant, as the continuing dry weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the area. National Park Authority staff will be putting signs up at key sites, advising people how they can help to reduce the risk.
Bernie McLinden, the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Senior Ranger, said:
‘Past episodes have shown that under these tinderbox 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 but, as the majority of moorland fires can be prevented, please take extra care while the fire risk signs are in place.’
If you see a fire, report it to the fire service by dialing 999 so they can take appropriate action.
For further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit northyorkmoors.org.uk