Help to prevent moorland fires

Help to prevent moorland fires

No open firesFires spread quickly across moorland vegetation and can be devastating to the landscape and wildlife, especially ground nesting birds. Fires also put livestock and members of the public at risk.

No open fires or BBQs

Due to the prolonged dry weather and the very high fire risk a ban has been introduced as a temporary measure under the Dartmoor Commons Act 1985, Section 10(4)c and is for the purpose of preventing fire risk. This temporary ban prohibits open fires and barbecues on all common land within the National Park. The ban has the support of the Dartmoor Commoners’ Council, Dartmoor Commons Owners Association, Natural England and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

To help reduce the risk of fires further, please:

  • Do not discard cigarettes, matches or lighters
  • Beware that glass bottles left on the ground can start fires. Leave no trace
  • Take notice of any advisory or warning signs
  • Follow directions from National Park Rangers and Emergency Services

If you see anything suspicious please phone the police on 101.

In the event of seeing a fire, please report it quickly to the fire service on 999 with the location, so that they can take action.