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BASC backs calls to ban sky lantern festival

BASC is supporting calls to cancel a sky lantern festival in the wake of the wildfires burning in England.

Calls have been made by rural groups to cancel Lights Fest, due to be held close to the moors in Derbyshire, following the major fires.

BASC Central director Lewis Thornley said it was important to negate any risk of further moorland fires.

He said: “While firefighters, the Army, gamekeepers and other volunteers continue to battle the fires that rage on moorland in England, everything that can be done to reduce the risk of any further fires must be done.

“Given the ongoing fights against these fires, now is simply not the time to hold such a festival.”

For more information, click here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-derbyshire-44632621

BASC wrote to Environment Secretary Michael Gove last week to highlight how managing the uplands for grouse shooting can prevent wildfires: https://basc.org.uk/blog/key-issues/media-key-issues/basc-tells-government-how-land-management-for-shooting-prevents-wildfires/

To view Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s advice on moorland fire safety, click here: https://www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/moorland-fire-safety/

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