Moorland fire safety

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Every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Keep the glorious British countryside picture perfect and your visit trouble-free by following our straightforward advice.

A carelessly discarded cigarette in the countryside can lead to a huge fire, where the results to wildlife can be devastating.

Our simple fire safety tips will help you to stay safe in the countryside and protect it for others to enjoy:

  • do not discard cigarettes in the countryside; dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished
  • clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
  • always take extra care if using a barbecue
  • only light fires or barbecues in designated areas using the facilities provided
  • don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them
  • talk to young people about the dangers of playing with and lighting fires
  • report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

If you see a fire

  • if you do see a fire in the countryside, contact us immediately – dial 999
  • don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water
  • give a map reference if possible, otherwise give a landmark such as a farm or pub to help locate the fire
  • estimate the size of the area that’s burning
  • describe the type of terrain (grass, bracken, forest, open moorland etc)
  • evacuate the area as soon as possible

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