Risk of wildfires on moorland areas of Exmoor National Park remains high as the UK continues to enjoy a lengthy heatwave. These potentially dangerous fires can spread quickly, devastating important habitats and threatening nearby buildings.
People enjoying the countryside are being urged to be mindful of the risk of moorland fires and to follow this general advice:
- Avoid lighting barbeques or campfires on the moor, particularly in dry conditions.
- Take home extinguished cigarettes and never throw them out of car windows.
- Don’t leave rubbish like glass bottles, as sun shining through them can start fires.
- Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water.
- If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by dialling 999 and leave the area as quickly as possible.
And for those wanting to escape the heat, there is still plenty to do on Exmoor, from picturesque villages and shady wooded valleys, to windswept coastal clifftops and burbling streams.
Sue Applegate, Public Rights of Way and Access Officer at Exmoor National Park, added: “Exmoor is as beautiful as ever right now, and we would still encourage people to enjoy our wonderful countryside, while urging them to take extra care to avoid fires breaking out.
“Much of our wild open moorland is of international importance due to its rare species and ecosystems. So it’s vital we do all we can to avoid a situation like the one on the moors of Northern England developing here.”