The Met Office’s Fire Severity Index (FSI) is an assessment of how severe a fire could become if one were to start and NOT of the risk of wildfires occurring. The current FSI has now reached High to Very High.
Despite this and the fact that there are several headline making wildfires across the country this weekend people are still not heeding this warning and acting responsibly.
Our gamekeepers were alerted to a wild fire on the North York Moors yesterday afternoon which they managed to bring under control without the need for the fire service. This is not down to luck this is because of 2 main reasons.
1. The fire was on managed moorland so because of the controlled cool burning that is undertaken by the gamekeepers there are essential firebreaks in place to help stop the fire spreading.
2. Because of the recent extremely dry conditions, the heat wave of the Easter weekend and the anticipated increase in visitors to the North York Moors the gamekeepers have been on standby to deal with any wildfires should they occur.
This fire was brought under control and then the keepers assessed the area and found the remains of a barbecue and a pile of rubbish which had been very kindly left. Please be extra vigilant, if you see smoke then ring 999 immediately and if you see any individuals acting irresponsibly please alert the police.