Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Moors Blaze Warning after Dry Weather

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Moors Blaze Warning after Dry Weather

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

PAM SANDERS IT'S a popular destination for hordes of Teessiders hoping to escape the town and enjoy some countryside.

But visitors to the North York Moors are being asked to be particularly vigilant this weekend, and not to use barbecues, set fires or even flick a cigarette from a car window.

Recent dry weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the National Park.

The National Park Authority will be putting fire risk warning signs up on key sites advising people what they can do to help to reduce the risk, and will remain in place until the fire risk passes. A reduction in rainfall, coupled with very dry ground vegetation such as heather and bracken, has prompted the decision to put the North York Moors on fire alert.

Bernie McLinden, Senior Ranger (coast) at the North York Moors National Park said: "Past experience has shown us that under these types of conditions, moorland fires can spread extremely quickly causing significant damage to the landscape and its wildlife. …

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