Park bosses in appeal to combat countryside fires

Bosses at a National Trust estate in Cheshire have appealed to the public for help in preventing further moorland fires at the beauty spot.

Firefighters used hose reel jets, water backpacks and beaters to control the blaze at Lyme Park near Disley which broke out on Thursday afternoon.

No-one was injured as nearby residents were warned to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution. The park was open for business as usual on Friday.

A firefighter at the scene in Lyme Park, near Manchester
A firefighter at the scene in Lyme Park, near Manchester (Steve Gribbon/PA)

Deborah Maxwell, general manager at Lyme, said: “We are so grateful for all of the messages of support. The area affected was primarily moorland. Dry and hot weather makes the moors more combustible. If it’s windy, it can spread very quickly.

“The National Trust has been working proactively for many years to reduce wildfire risk through restoring the moorlands and monitoring for signs of fire in hot weather.

“We need our visitors’ help to prevent the risk of fire across the countryside that we care for, particularly when we experience prolonged periods of dry weather or are in drought conditions.

“People can make all the difference in limiting this risk by just following simple measures included in the countryside code such as ensuring they take home any litter, making sure any lit cigarettes are properly extinguished and disposed of responsibly and to never light fires. BBQs are not permitted at Lyme.

“We will be working closely with our partners to restore the landscape.”

Firefighters at work in Lyme Park
Firefighters at work in Lyme Park (Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

Firefighters discovered a moorland fire covering around two square kilometres south of Knightslow woods after they were dispatched to Lyme Park at about 4.10pm.

The 1,400-acre estate on the edge of the Peak District is managed by the National Trust.

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