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Peak fire warnings given after dry spell

Posted 28 March 2012
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Peak fire warnings given after dry spell
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It may be 80 years since the Kinder great trespass - but much more dry weather might see the mountain off limits to the public again.

The reason for this would be safety due to the growing threat of moorland fires as the peat gets tinder dry, with the Peak District National Park Authority issuing its first fire warnings of the year this week.

Signs are being posted around the moors to advise those who go walking there to take steps to avoid starting fires.

This includes not lighting any barbecues or campfires, discarding cigarettes or leaving any glass where it can focus the sun's rays.

Head of fire services at the authority Sean Prendergast said: "Moorland fires are especially tragic at this time of year when wildlife and farm animals are rearing young. Ground-nesting birds and lambs can be caught in the flames with horrific results."

Anyone spotting a fire has been asked to ring 999.

There have already been several moorland fires in the past few days around the country, including cases in Dumfriesshire, Lancashire, a moor near Harrogate and in a cemetery in Woking.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801328890-ADNFCR