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Countryside Fire Safety

North Yorkshire is surrounded by countryside which attacts a large number of visitors every year.

If you're planning a trip to the countryside we would ask you to follow our advice below

  • Only light fires in safe, designated areas.Moor fire
  • Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle.
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows- they could start a fire and ruin the surrounding countryside.
  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take then home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately.
  • Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water- leave the area as soon as possible and call the fire service.

The countryside code contains further advice, it can be viewed here.

Moorland Burning

Moorland burning must take place during the burning season (1st October to 15th April or 1st November to 31st March in some areas). Moorland burning is used as conservation management and to help prevent the spread of wild fires by creating ‘fire breaks’.

There are rules in place around heather and grass burning (as set out in the Heather and Grass Burning Code 2007) and people who don’t follow the rules can be prosecuted. You can find out more about the Code here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/heather-and-grass-burning-apply-for-a-licence

As a fire service we work with landowners and the National Parks to provide advice and education for moorland burning with the aim of preventing fires and assuring that any burns remain in a controlled state.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have a primary responsibility to extinguish fires and protect life and property in the event of fires.

If you spot a fire in the open we would always ask you dial 999 and report it. If you are a landowner please notify us of any planned burning via our switchboard number 01609 780150.

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