Peak District fires appeal

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visitors are being warned to take extra care in the Peak District after a spate of moorland fires.

Lack of rain has dried out the moors making them vulnerable to fires which harm wildlife, destroy rare plants and cause erosion.

Firefighters and Peak District National Park rangers have already tackled six blazes since the beginning of April.

Sean Prendergast, from the Peak District National Park, said: “It is glorious weather for walking on the moors, but we’re asking people to be especially careful.

“These are areas of international importance for their wildlife and plants and they absorb and store carbon which helps tackle global warming.

“If anyone is acting suspiciously they should be reported to the police immediately.”