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?

The Peak District National Park does not encourage the use of barbecues outside of dedicated areas.

You MUST ALWAYS have landowner permission to barbecue or light a campfire.

At times of high fire risk do not use barbecues; notices will be displayed at these times.

If landowner permission has been given, you must:-

  • Always site your barbecue low to the ground, ideally on a rocky area with as little vegetation as possible. Do not sit a barbecue directly onto vegetation.
  • Not use accelerants (such as paraffin) to reduce the risk of splashing in surrounding areas
  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended
  • Avoid overhanging trees, leaves or wood close by to your barbecue
  • Have a supply of water to hand for emergencies
  • After use, ensure your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold, with no burning embers
  • Take all charcoal, litter etc away with you and do not discard it on site

A few seconds of consideration could stop an incident putting firefighters, National Park rangers, volunteers and other support teams at risk. Not to mention irreparable harm to the wildlife of the Peak District National Park moorlands.

Fires of any kind should not be started in moorland areas, regardless of the time of year.

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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