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Barbecue Ban On West Yorkshire Moorland

A ban on barbecues on moorland in West Yorkshire has come into force. 

It's after recent wildfires on Ilkley Moor and Marsden Moor.  

Bradford Council has brought in a new Public Space Protection Order, which also bans fires, sky lanterns and fireworks - anyone caught breaking it could be fined £100.  

The PSPO came into force yesterday and will run for three weeks before it is reviewed.  

The Council says recent warm weather means there's a high risk of more fires.

 

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: "We have some of the country's best moorland in Bradford District so it’s important we all play our part in keeping it safe so it can be enjoyed by everyone."

WYFRS District Commander for Bradford, Benjy Bush, said: “We want the public to be able to enjoy the countryside this summer and we do not wish to ruin anyone’s fun. However, the impact of wildfires on local communities can be considerable, as can the impact on both the natural environment and the local economy where fires occur in areas where visitors may spend time.

"We welcome this move by Bradford Council to help protect our countryside. Fires on moorland can spread incredibly quickly and pose an immediate threat to anyone in the nearby area and potentially could threaten nearby properties.

“These fires take a considerable amount of Fire Service time and resources to extinguish and we have seen a handful of these types of fires already this year.”

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