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Tameside moorland wildfire statement

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Moorland fires can be devastating to our landscape, putting wildlife and people at risk. Wildfires are especially tragic at this time of year when ground-nesting birds are rearing young, and other creatures can be caught in the flames.

In the current Tameside moorland wildfire incident, the Peak District National Park Authority is working with firefighting teams providing vehicles and supplementary equipment, logistics support and local access expertise in the hard to reach places.

We thank all partners continuing to work to extinguish the fire and prevent further incidents, including Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, United Utilities, Mountain Rescue Teams, RSPB, National Trust, Moors for the Future, and the Peak District Moorland Owners and local farmers.

The Peak District National Park Authority is working with partners, including moorland owners and managers, to assess the long-term risk of wildfires on the moors as part of our shared long-term vision for resilient, sustainable moorlands in the National Park.

Taking into account the current good weather and high temperatures across the National Park, we have erected signs to remind people about the continued risk of fire and that they must never light barbecues or campfires anywhere near the moors and not to discard litter or cigarettes stubs.

It is glorious weather for walking in the Peak District National Park, but we are asking people to be especially careful and vigilant at this time of high fire risk. If anyone sees smoke or fire on the moors, please report it immediately to the Fire and Rescue Service on 999.

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