Fires: Yorkshire and the Humber

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of wildfire in Yorkshire.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The risk of severe damage from wildfire on wet, well functioning peatlands is relatively low. Natural England is working with landowners and land managers through its uplands programme to develop long term management plans to bring and keep moorlands and peatlands, including those in Yorkshire prone to wildfire, in favourable condition. We are also currently undertaking a wildfire review to ensure that our future land management policies minimise the risks of wildfire.

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