FAQs - Wildfires


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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

Please always dispose of waste items in bins where possible or remove and dispose responsibly. Do not leave on site.

Does the Peak District National Park support the use of barbecues?

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.

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 expert estate managers. Do not approach areas where this is taking place.

    If you see an unattended fire, or someone starting a fire deliberately

    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. Early reporting of fires can significantly reduce the damage caused.

    Please check with individual campsites for guidance on barbecues.

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