VISITORS to the North York Moors are being warned of increased risk to moorland and forest fires.
With warm weather set to continue on over the Easter period, the North York Moors National Park Authority has placed the moors on fire alert.
Warning signs to help visitors realise the risks are being put up, advising people on how they can help prevent an unnecessary fire.
The North York Moors National Park Authority’s head of Park Management, Bernie Mclinden, said: “Past episodes have shown that under these tinderbox conditions, moorland fires can spread extremely quickly causing significant damage to the landscape and its wildlife.
“Moorland fires at this time of year can be particularly devastating as birds such as lapwing and curlew are nesting on the ground.
“The majority of moorland fires can be prevented, so we would urge people to take extra care when visiting the national park, while the fire risk signs are in place.”
Visitors are avoid having fires and BBQs while on the Moors.
Objects like glass bottles, cigarettes and matches should be disposed of correctly, with extra care taken over lit cigarette stubs, rather than throwing them out of car windows.
Any fires seen on the moors should be reported by ringing 999 as soon as possible, as the controlled heather burning period is now over, so any fires seen will be accidental.