Peak walkers asked to keep their eyes peeled for fires

Walkers in the Peak District are being asked to be fire safe.

Signs warning people to take extra care to prevent fires are going up this week on moorland sites in the Peak District.

Peak District National Park Authority rangers mount extra patrols during times of heightened fire risk but are asking the public to also be on the lookout for fires and to ring 999 immediately if they spot any.

People are also asked never to light barbecues or campfires when they visit the moors. They should also never drop cigarette ends (even if they think they are out) or leave glass.

Lack of rain in recent weeks has dried out the moors making them especially vulnerable to fires which harm wildlife, destroy rare plants and cause erosion, taking years to regenerate.

The Peak District Fires Operations Group, which involves six fire and rescue services and major landowners along with the National Park Authority, is on standby to tackle any blaze in a remote area.