Dry countryside at risk of blazes

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WALKERS are being urged to take care on the region’s moorland after the recent dry weather.

Yorkshire Water spokesman Matt Thompson said: “While our reservoirs are at normal levels for this time of year, many of the areas around them are very dry.

“The heather and bracken haven’t really begun to put out new shoots yet, so the dead vegetation from last year is vulnerable to fire, particularly if it’s dry.

“We request people do not start any sort of fire. A stray cigarette end, a spark from a pipe, or even the rays of sun through a discarded drink bottle could be equally disastrous.

“Of course, we welcome people onto our land and will do all we can to ensure the peace and tranquillity is there for them to enjoy.”

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