West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has launched a hard-hitting campaign to prevent moorland fires this summer - after a series of blazes in the first half of 2019.
There have been 11 large moorland fires in the last six months across West Yorkshire, causing devastation to wildlife and posing a potential threat to life and property.
The moorland fires have also required a huge fire service resource to tackle.
As the school summer holidays start, WYFRS is joining with partners to urge the public to be vigilant and follow some basic rules to enjoy the beautiful moorlands without creating a fire threat to their future.
WYFRS Area Manager, Chris Kirby, said: “This year has seen some huge moorland fires across West Yorkshire and it’s crucial the public get behind this campaign to ensure this trend doesn’t continue.
“Some of the fires have been deliberate, which we utterly condemn – but most have been accidental and simply due to people being careless when out and about. As our campaign highlights – just one family barbecue can start a fire which destroys hundreds of hectares of beautiful moorland.”
WYFRS is supporting Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale councils with their new public space protection orders (PSPOs) which ban barbeques, fires and things like sky lanterns on moorland.
Moorland safety advice -
- Clear up and take your rubbish home after picnics
- Observe all signs and notices - they are there for a reason
- Follow the National Trust Countryside Code
- Don’t leave glass bottles - not only can they hurt people and animals, but they can magnify the
sun’s rays and start a fire
- Never be tempted to light a fire in the countryside - including barbeques.
- Never throw lighted cigarette ends onto the ground or out of the window of vehicles or trains.
Always ensure that they are completely extinguished and disposed of responsibly.