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Moorland protection system 'has failed'

Posted 5 May 2011
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Moorland protection system 'has failed'
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Britain's uplands have been let down by an inadequate system designed to protect them, it has been claimed, something that may interest those keen to go walking in such areas again once it is safer to do so.

The Moorland Association has criticised the Met Office for the fact its categorisation of the risk has not yet reached the level of "Extreme Risk", despite large-scale fires across the country.

Chairman of the association Edward Bromet said: "It's like having a fire alarm in your house that goes off after the fire once everything has been destroyed."

The system as it stands is "pitifully inadequate" and the "trigger point" should be changed.

Mr Bromet went on to suggest most fires have been started accidentally, ignited by dropped cigarettes or barbecues.

Many of the fires have occurred around the Pennines, with a number in place such as the Peak District and the moors in Lancashire.

However, this afternoon (May 5th) has seen rain falling in the north-west of England.