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National park on fire alert

Posted 21 May 2010
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National park on fire alert
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As some people prepare to go walking over what may be a warm, dry and sunny weekend, the North York Moors National Park Authority has warned of the dangers of moorland fires.

Signs have been going up around the park and those donning their walking gear and heading out on the hills have been advised to be wary of the dangers.

Head of park management Bernie McLinden said: "Lack of rain has made the Moors very dry and as past episodes have shown, under these conditions moorland fires can spread extremely quickly causing significant damage to the landscape and its wildlife."

Dropping cigarettes or discarding objects like matches or glass bottles - which can focus sunlight - is something walkers should avoid, Mr McLinden added.

He also advised that anyone encountering a fire should report it to the emergency services as quickly as they can.

The North York Moors was one of Britain's first national parks to be established, dating back to 1952.

Posted by Brandon Egley