North Yorkshire Moors National Park announces fire alert as dry spell continues

Dry conditions have forced the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority to announce a fire alert - only two weeks after being briefly covered in a blanket of snow.

By Duncan Atkins
Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 1:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 1:16 pm

A lack of rainfall across the park - where Hollywood film star Tom Cruise has this week been shooting scenes for Mission Impossible 7 - has led to heather and bracken ground vegetation becoming extremely dry.

With the recent sunny weather set to continue for at least the remainder of the week, staff from the authority have been putting up fire risk warning signs at sites across the National Park, advising people how they can help to reduce the risk.

The signs will remain in place until the fire risk passes.

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Heather on the North Yorkshire Moors, above Rosedale Abbey.

The National Park’s Rangers are keen to stress that whilst the area can still be enjoyed safely, extra vigilance is required and fires and barbecues are prohibited.

Senior Ranger, Bernie McLinden, said: “Moorland fires can spread extremely quickly and can cause significant damage to wildlife and habitats.

"People should not light fires or barbecues and please do not carelessly discard cigarettes, matches or glass bottles.

"This includes throwing cigarette ends out of car windows.

“It is not unprecedented for fires to occur at this time of year and the majority of moorland fires can be prevented so we would urge people to take extra care when visiting the National Park while the fire risk signs are in place.”

If people see a fire, they should report it quickly to the fire service by dialling 999.

The period for controlled heather burning on the North York Moors ended on 15 April, which means any sighted fires will be wildfire.

More on the Tom Cruise filming here.