Residents advised to be safe on West Yorkshire Moorlands

In the wake of the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, residents are being reminded to take care when out and about in moorlands around Kirklees and West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire firefighters are helping tackle the moorland fires.

Due to the recent spell of warm, dry weather there is currently a higher risk of wildfire spreading across the UK countryside, and on moorland in particular.

In order to stay safe and help protect the countryside, residents and visitors should be aware of the following rules when visiting rural and moorland areas:

  • do not discard cigarettes in the countryside; dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished
  • clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
  • Only light fires or barbecues in designated areas using facilities provided. Always take extra care if using a barbecue, even in designated areas
  • don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them
  • report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

If you do see a fire in the countryside:

  • contact the Fire Service immediately – dial 999
  • don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water
  • give a map reference if possible, otherwise give a landmark such as a farm or pub to help locate the fire
  • estimate the size of the area that’s burning
  • describe the type of terrain (grass, bracken, forest, open moorland etc)
  • evacuate the area as soon as possible

Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“As we can see with the terrible events at Saddleworth Moor just over our border, the effects of wildfire can be devastating to wildlife and the landscape.

There is also a very real human cost to wildfire which can cause pollution to water and air, and causes further damage to the environment. Not to mention damage to homes and businesses.

By following straightforward fire safety advice we can all make sure that our local countryside remains picture perfect for future generations.”

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have issued the following leaflet for everyone to read, to ensure everyone remains safe on the moors:

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