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North York Moors On Fire Alert

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9:25am 19th July 2013
(Updated 9:49am 19th July 2013)

Visitors in the North York Moors National Park are being asked to be extra vigilant because of the increased risk of moorland and forest fires.

Tinderbox conditions in the North York Moors National Park have forced the Authority to call its second fire alert in three months.

A fire alert was called in early May because of dry conditions following a warning from The Met Office.

This week The Met Office Rainfall and Evaporation Calculation System showed stress levels of 0.54 compared to 0.80 in May.

National Park Rangers are putting up fire risk notices and visitors are asked to be extra vigilant.

Bernie McLinden, the Authority’s Head of Park Management, said: “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.

“If people see a fire, they should report it quickly to the fire service by dialling 999 so that they can take the appropriate action. As the controlled heather burning period for gamekeepers has now ended, any fire spotted will be a wild fire and should be reported.”

The fire risk signs will remain in place until the danger passes.

Bernie continued: “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 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.”

However, the key message from the Park’s Rangers is: enjoy the Park but be extra careful.

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