It's hot in the hills. And with the recent spell of dry weather, the risk of fire is rising right across moorland areas. How can you help prevent wildfires?
The Fire Severity Index (FSI), provided by the Met Office, is the trigger for fire restrictions on Open Access land when conditions become exceptional.
View the Fire Severity Index for your walking or climbing area
A serious fire has the potential to spread quickly and escalate into a big problem. Wildfires fires don’t just affect the surface vegetation but embed deep into the peat, and need a lot of water to put out.
The causes and impacts of moorland wildfires
BMC access officer Cath Flitcroft interviews the Area Ranger for Longendale in the Peak District, following the 2006 fires.
How you can help prevent wild fires:
If you smoke on the moors, stub your cigarette out on a stone or on the sole of your shoe and take the cigarette butt home
People are asked not to light barbecues or campfires when they visit the moors
Respect the National Parks ‘high fire warning signs’ placed at key access points - these indicate that the moorland conditions are very dry
Camping isn’t allowed on any Open Access area unless the landowner has specifically given you permission, so don’t camp, and definitely don’t start a campfire.
If you see a fire, call 999 immediately, give them a general location and try to contact the ranger service or local access authority as soon as possible.
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