Wildfire threat to Peak District

More wildfires could break out in the Peak District if summers get hotter according to the Peak Park Authority.

Fires caused by heat and human carelessness, can damage wildlife, pollute drinking water supplies and disrupt roads.

A national conference is being held in Buxton, to discuss ways of tackling and preventing them.

The Met Office has predicted that climate change could result in wildfires happening more within the next 30 years.

The facts are that for every degree of temperature increase, a 10% increase in rain is needed to compensate. Rainfall is apparantly decreasing by 10%.

To the general public it is hard to explain the risks to moorland when the summer has been so wet but the problem with wildfires is that they burn down into the peat so they don’t actually go out by themselves.

Delegates at Wildfire 2011 will discuss the latest techniques, best practice and research relating to the prevention and suppression of wildfire in the UK.

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