Exmoor National Park is urging visitors to take extra care to avoid moorland fires breaking out.

The risk of wildfires on moorland areas of the park remains high as the South West continues to enjoy a lengthy heatwave. The fires have the potential to spread quickly and threaten important habitats and nearby buildings.

Exmoor National Park has issued advice to visitors, asking them to avoid lighting barbeques or campfires on the moor, and take home extinguished cigarettes rather than throwing them away. Glass bottles are also a risk, as the sun shining through them can start fires.

Sue Applegate, public rights of way and access officer at Exmoor National Park, added: “Exmoor is as beautiful as ever right now, and we would still encourage people to enjoy our wonderful countryside, while urging them to take extra care to avoid fires breaking out.

“Much of our wild open moorland is of international importance due to its rare species and ecosystems. So it’s vital we do all we can to avoid a situation like the one on the moors of Northern England developing here.”

The park is also asking visitors not to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water themselves. If a wildfire is seen, visitors should call 999 and leave the area as quickly as possible.