Concerns raised following rise in grass fires at nature reserves and beauty spots

Local authorities in Durham have raised considerations over the rise in grass fires at nature reserves and beauty spots in the county.

The fires, which appeared to have peaked in the Easter faculty holidays, have destroyed acres of grassland throughout the county.

Fire’s at Waldridge Fell, the coastal paths in Peterlee, Woodland in West Auckland, Darlington and Consett have all resulted in vital hurt to the native setting, and, in some circumstances, the native wildlife has perished.

Over the Easter holidays, firefighters from Consett Green Watch had been met with a scorched nest of eggs once they attended a grass fireplace and firefighters from Darlington Blue Watch found a nest of child shrews that had died because of a grass fireplace.

Now County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Durham County Council, and Durham Wildlife Trust are encouraging the general public to deal with their native countryside

CDDFRS Area Manager Keith Wanley, Head of Community Risk Management mentioned: “We are conscious of a variety of situations of fires being began throughout the county in latest weeks and along with our companions we’d urge the general public to consider their actions.”

“With hotter climate forecast in the approaching weeks, we want to remind all residents of the hazards of beginning a hearth in the open, even when they’re unintended.

“What might begin as a small campfire or bonfire can in a short time get uncontrolled after intervals of dry climate, which permits a hearth to unfold extremely rapidly.

“Fires equivalent to these additionally take our beneficial assets away from emergency conditions and tie our crews up, typically for hours. If anybody suspects a hearth has been began intentionally please report it to Firestoppers anonymously on 0800 169 5558 or report on-line”

Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood safety supervisor, mentioned: “Anti-social behaviour in any kind just isn’t acceptable because it impacts on folks’s enjoyment of the place they dwell, work and go to.

“Starting fires not solely places folks in hazard but additionally harms the environment and doubtlessly wildlife, and locations an pointless drain on the assets of the businesses which reply to incidents.

“We encourage anybody with data on folks intentionally beginning fires to report it to us on-line at or to the police or fireplace service.”

Jim Cokill, Director of Durham Wildlife Trust, mentioned: “Fires in nature reserves could cause irreversible injury to the wildlife that lives there. During the previous yr we’ve got all loved seeing our native wildlife and have realised simply how vital nature is to our lives.

“We all have a duty to make it possible for native wildlife and wild locations are protected for future generations.

“The Wildlife Trust would not allow tenting, fires or barbeques on its nature reserves for excellent causes as the chance of great hurt is simply too nice.

“If you might be visiting the countryside over the approaching months please act responsibly and assist defend County Durham’s wildlife. “



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