THE fire service has issued a warning to residents looking to enjoy the countryside as the weather warms up.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "With the weather hopefully warming up soon, we all want to make the most of the great outdoors whether that’s a trip to one of our National Parks, meeting friends outside or visiting lakes, rivers or the coast.

"Every year fire and rescue services respond to fires in the countryside that could easily have been prevented.

"These fires can tie up fire crews for hours, or sometimes days, and cause damage to wildlife habitats.

"We’re asking you to help us this summer by following our advice to protect yourselves and our beautiful countryside.

"If you’re visiting the countryside please stick to paths, leave gates and property as you find them, take your litter home especially glass bottles/jars, dispose of smoking materials carefully and never have campfires or barbecues on dry grass land.

"Please also park responsibly and make sure a fire engine or ambulance would be able to pass.

"If you spot a fire in the countryside always dial 999 and ask for the fire service.

"Think about downloading What3Words so you can easily provide a location if you need to contact the emergency services."