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FAQs - Wildfires

moorland fire in the Peak District

Help us to protect the National Park you love

The moorlands of the Peak District National Park are of global environmental importance, dominated by large expanses of blanket bog and upland heath. We must protect these moorlands from the considerable risk of damage by wildfires which are sadly a common occurrence throughout the year.

How do fires start?

The majority of wildfires are unintentional, caused through carelessness. The most common causes are:

  • Unextinguished/poorly managed barbecues
  • Discarded cigarettes
  • Litter, including glass which causes intense heat
  • Campfires

Always take your litter home, or use bins where available. Bins are unlikely to be present in the open countryside or in the uplands.


BBQs are not permitted in the open countryside of the Peak District National Park

Barbecues, disposable barbecues or any form of open fire and flame is not permitted in the open countryside anywhere in the Peak District. This position is shared by all major landowners in the area. Any use of these items within a private location such as a campsite requires the permission of the landowner. These items are not permitted on National Park Authority land.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which directly prohibit the use of items such as disposable BBQs, fireworks, open fires and Chinese lanterns are also in place in some local authority areas.

The risk of fire in the open countryside can cause catastrophic damage to wildlife, habitats and put emergency services at risk. The impact of wild fires can cost many millions of pounds to charities, landowners and businesses.

    You may occasionally see authorised or ‘controlled burning’, used as a specialist vegetation management technique and under the supervision of moorland estate managers. Do not approach areas where this is underway. Controlled burns are unlikely to be taking place between the summer period of May - September so any fire at this time should be reported to the Fire Service on 999.

    Our ask to retailers and the sale of disposable BBQs

    The National Park Authority supports proposals led by a number of groups including Fire Services and fellow national parks for a nationwide ban on the sale of so-called disposable BBQs. Whilst we recognise the importance and value of consumer choice and responsible use, disposable BBQs have been a proven and regular source of ignition for wild fires in the Peak District National Park, causing significant damage to protected habitats and putting unnecessary strain on emergency services and other support partners.


    What to do if you see fire in the countryside

    If an uncontrolled fire is present in the open countryside, or you see large volumes of smoke contact the Fire Service on 999, giving as much detail about the location as possible. Do not put yourself at any risk by tackling a fire.

    If you see someone deliberately setting a fire or using BBQs or other naked flames outside of approved areas like a campsite, contact Firestoppers on 0800 169 5558 or via the FireStoppers website.

    Please do not call us to report fires, as first-hand information would need to be provided to the Fire Service directly and we unable to do this from our offices.

    Please check with individual campsites for guidance on barbecues in approved areas.

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