Controlled burning, also know as prescribed burning or moorland/heath burning, is the planned process of setting fires to an area of moorland to remove old heather and vegetation and minimise risk of wildfires. Landowners have to follow strict laws and codes of practice which are set out by the government and in local wildfire control plans.

The controlled burning period runs from 1st October to the 15th April in upland areas and from 1st November to 31st March in other areas.

You can find out more and apply for a license from Natural England on the Government's website.

If you believe an illegal burn has taken place you can report it directly to Natural England's Enforcement Team by calling 0300 060 3900 or email