As the warm dry spell continues, the risk of fire on already tinder dry grass and moorland in parts of the National Park will reach ‘high’ this weekend, according to the Met Office.
It is, therefore, more important than ever to respect the land and not to use barbecues in the countryside.
David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:
“With the National Park proving a popular place for people to get some exercise and fresh air, it’s important to leave the barbecues at home. Wildfires put unnecessary strain on emergency services as they work to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“Nobody should be lighting fires or barbecues in the countryside and everyone should be taking their litter home to reduce the instances of fire”.
Experience of recent weekends indicates that car parks in the south of the National Park – especially Malham and Horton-in-Ribblesdale – fill up early and quickly.