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Marsden Moor fire prompts Kirklees BBQ ban on public spaces

Barbecues are now banned on all open public spaces in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, in a joined-up effort to tackle dangerous grassland blazes and protect the environment.

The introduction of the new public order follows the Marsden Moor fires which were started by a discarded barbecue at Easter Gate, Marsden on Sunday 21st April.

The new order is being backed by The National Trust, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Water.

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Anyone found to be lighting a fire or barbecue on council, National Trust or Yorkshire Water-owned land faces a fine of up to £150.

Failure to pay the fine could lead to conviction by a court and a maximum fine of £1000.

Marsden Moor Fire Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Craig Best, from the National Trust in West Yorkshire, said:

Following the devastating fire at Marsden, we welcome this effort by Kirklees Council to try to prevent future fires from breaking out. We will continue to promote public safety on our land, and work in partnership with others to promote the protection and enjoyment of this special place.”

– Craig Best, Countryside Manager for the National Trust