A controlled burning in the forest

Preventing wildfires

During winter and early spring, Forestry Commission staff deliberately burn substantial areas of the Open Forest to stop the heather and gorse getting too tall and old. These fires are well controlled and there are always trained fire fighters on hand.

However, during periods of hot, dry weather, the New Forest National Park is at risk from uncontrolled wildfires which could have a devastating effect on the Forest and its environment.

The New Forest National Park Authority does not own or manage any land so its role in reducing the impact of wildfires is in raising awareness of the problem, especially amongst young people through its education programmes and ranger led activities.


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