How land managers can work to reduce the chances of an accidental fire being started by visitors
Uncontrolled and unwanted vegetation fires are becoming more common year on year. In 2019 there were 137 fires in the United Kingdom which were larger than 25 hectares, a 42% increase from 2018.
This increase is likely to continue due to climate change, potential changes in legislation and increased population numbers. This year with the restrictions on foreign travel there are likely to be increased visitor numbers to local beauty spots and people visiting who are unfamiliar with the countryside. As we approach National Picnic Week we find out more from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue about how land managers can work to keep wildfires to a minimum.