Moorland fire in March?

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  • Premier Icon footflaps
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    WTF? Normally you only get them in long hot summers.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-26725029

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Nah. Quite common at this time of year as the old, dead grass is very dry and will go up easily. It tends to burn through very quickly though.

    This was Glen Affric in early April a few years back (the wee speck circled at left is the culprit a person)

    gwaelod
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    been lots of fires in Wales over the last month.

    In winter the vegetation dies back and dries out quickly after a week or so of dry weather and wind, a dogend tossed out of a car sets it burning easily. I’ve seen some impressive fires in the hills above the South Wales in January before now.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Learn something new everyday!

    richpips
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    They were burning (controlled) near us last week.

    nick1962
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    Opened the kitchen window earlier and could smell that fire in the OP even though we’re a couple of miles away.Surprising really as it rained on and off all day yesterday and much of last week.
    http://www.todmordennews.co.uk/news/local/two-miles-of-moorland-above-walsden-ablaze-1-6519258

    Premier Icon stumpyjon
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    Yep always know spring is in full force when the hills around here get set on fire by the local kids. It’s bad if its dry around the Easter holidays. The one at Tod is probably ouf by now, rained ladt night.

    FunkyDunc
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    I thought that most of it was controlled burning, certainly is around us.

    revs1972
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    Could be someone’s f**ked up the swaling

    Premier Icon kcal
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    very dry here, controlled burning to regenerate, plus some careless fires as well.

    Premier Icon Nipper99
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    usually before the 31st march in wales to meet single farm payment cross compliance requirements.

    As above, March is peak time for controlled burns, here on Dartmoor the commoners can only burn on the lower moor until the end of March due to ground nesting birds. They can do it a it later on high ground with special permission.

    We had 3 shouts to unattended burns last week, mind!

    ninfan
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    One of the issues recently is, paradoxically, the reduction in muirburn on blanket bog for conservation and carbon reasons – which in turn has led to massively increased fuel load, meaning that when wildfires do happen they are much more serious, more destructive and take longer to recover from.

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