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Fire Service launches #BeMoorAware campaign

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched a hard hitting campaign to prevent moorland fires.

It comes after a series of blazes in the first half of 2019 which has seen 11 large moorland fires in the last six months across West Yorkshire.

The moorland fires have required huge fire services resource to tackle.

Just one family barbecue can start a fire which destroys hundreds of hectares of beautiful moorland.

– WYFRS Area Manager, Chris Kirby
A list of guidelines have been made to help prevent future fires Credit: West Yorkshire Fire

WYFRS is urging the public to be vigilant and follow some basic rules to enjoy the beautiful moorlands without creating a fire threat to their future.

We don’t want to ruin anyone’s fun but we do want to make people aware of the serious consequences that a barbecue or a dropped cigarette can have, especially in tinder dry conditions. A fire can spread so quickly, once it’s caught there’s little you can do to stop it and before you know it there’s a catastrophic blaze with far reaching consequences.

This not only impacts on local moorland and wildlife, but affects local businesses, especially if roads need to be closed for health and safety reasons.

Please help us spread this simple message – Be Moor Aware!

– WYFRS Area Manager, Chris Kirby
Three councils are supporting WYFS with a new public space protection orders Credit: West Yorkshire Fire

Moorland Safety Advice:

  • Clear up and take your rubbish home after picnics
  • Observe all signs and notices - they are there for a reason
  • Follow the National Trust Countryside Code
  • Don’t leave glass bottles
  • Never be tempted to light a fire in the countryside - including barbecues.
  • Never throw lighted cigarette ends onto the ground or out of the window of vehicles or trains.
  • Always ensure that they are completely extinguished and disposed of responsibly.

WYFRS is supporting Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale councils with their new public space protection orders (PSPOs) which ban barbecues, fires and things like sky lanterns on moorland.

This year WYFRS attended a moorland fire as early as February which is unprecedented for the time of year.

At its height, more than 35 firefighters were in attendance and part of the A62 was closed as a precaution.

West Yorkshire Fire Service have launched the #BeMoorAware campaign Credit: West Yorkshire Fire

The partners in the campaign are:

  • Yorkshire Water
  • Bradford Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • Calderdale Council
  • United Utilities
  • National Trust
  • Crimestoppers
  • Remember - If you see a fire call 999
  • Know who is responsible? Call the charity CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
  • Breaking a Public Space Protection Order can lead to a fine of up to £2,500.