Have your say on introducing measures to prevent moorland fires.

Bolton Council would like to hear your views on a new proposal to ban BBQs, open flames like campfires and camping stoves, fireworks and Chinese lanterns from moorland areas, to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Wildfires occur regularly on moorland in Greater Manchester, including around Bolton. Most are caused by human activity, including using disposable BBQs, lighting campfires and setting off fireworks.  These wildfires can tie up huge resources for extended periods.  At the height of the moorland fires in 2018, 220 firefighters, 100 soldiers, 57 fire engines and a helicopter were in operation across Greater Manchester.

These restrictions would take the form of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and, if adopted, would prohibit activities within the boundaries of the PSPO which have been identified as carrying a significant risk of causing wildfires. If implemented, the restrictions would make it a criminal offence to contravene the regulations and could lead to fines ranging from £100 to £1,000.  

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions guidance for further information. 

Please refer to the Moorlands PSPO Draft Order. 


This survey has now closed.

Closing Date
Sunday 6th November 2022
Survey Results

The Wildfires Public Space Protection Order has now been implemented by Bolton Council, Chorley Council and Blackburn & Darwen Council.

Full details for Bolton are outlined on the Public Space Protection Order Wildfires (2023).