The Peak District National Park Authority today (Mon Jul 24) lifted its suspension of access to open moorland after weekend rainfall slightly lowered the risk, but the situation is still being kept under constant review.
Co-ordinated teams from the Peak District Fire Operations Group have ensured that any fire-outbreaks so far have been contained.
The worst burned for 48 hours on Bleaklow and other outbreaks have occurred on Black Hill, Rainow and Dovestones, and on moors around Stalybridge.
So what happened to the 'fire severity index needing to be under 5 for five days'?
I'm not complaining but inconsistent information on occasions like this from the PNP is surely only going to make people think that no-one really knows what is going on. It was the same last week with various crags being restricted, then not restricted, then restricted again.
In reply to Alan James - UKC:
It does seem rather strange. One minute they were claiming they had no choice but to suspend access due to these rules about the fire severity index, the next minute the 'rules' are ignored and access is restored. Not that I'm complaining about the latter, but if they come out with conflicting statements then it makes it hard to know what to do.
BTW the North York Moors access land is also open again, as of yesterday. But parts of the Dales are still closed.
Why worry, the whole basis of the access land ban is flawed. There is simply no significant risk if people dont smoke or light fires. Since they wont stop car drivers or close public rights of way where there are idiots that dont care and drop smouldering cigarette butts and the occasional enthusisatic arsonist the comparative risks from these are much larger. Hence, the BMC should contest this like any other illogical ban. If the risk and consequencies are that bad, public rights of way (and arguably roads) should close.
Lets be clearer: I know the BMC negotiated and opened up many crags as a result but I would have prefered a more direct counter argument. I know it risked more extensive bans but there are other ways to deal with this. I dont think we should accept such illogical justifications from PNP and other similar public bodies.
I know its cynical but it seems to me arguing about the consistency of an illogical argument is bit like trying to shut the stable doors after the horse has bolted.
> (In reply to Offwidth)
> Because I don't want to risk driving for an hour or more to get to a crag, only to be turned away!
Living in Scarborough and wishing to climb at Brimahm this weekend I share your concern Simon.
I visited the site for Brimham and couldn't work out if it was open or not. I am probably being thick or half reading it, but open access is available on established footpaths only...... are there any non established ones there?
As an aside, I am a committed and unrepentant smoker, my fags and lighter stay in the car and butt ends go in the ashtray, not through the window, so I am unlikely to cause a problem that way. I believe to do anything else would be an act of the utmost selfishness and stupidity
I made my point direct to them as well and go to the local meetings. My volunteer time is mainly spent grade checking at the moment which given what Lynn and I have done and what still remains for us to do is probably more useful to the climbing community (thats if we can get on to the crag !?)
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