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Peak District fire warning issued

Posted 19 April 2011
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Peak District fire warning issued
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A moorland fire warning has been issued by the Peak District National Park authority, after weeks of dry weather have left the uplands vulnerable to major peat fires.

Fire crews have already had to deal with six blazes in April and there are fears there could be more as many take to the hills in their walking boots over the Easter bank holiday.

The body noted such fires can have a particularly damaging effect in the spring, as nesting chicks and lambs can be caught up in them.

Actions that can cause such blazes include lighting campfires, having barbecues and dropping cigarette ends.

Head of field services at the national park authority Sean Prendergast commented: "Moorland fires undo many years of hard work in managing these rare environments.

"If people see anyone acting suspiciously on the moors we ask them to report it to the police immediately."

This weekend sees park rangers leading a couple of guided walks, with one on Saturday 23rd covering the white stones and Burbar Edge area.