Posted by Adam Quinan on June 28, 2018 at 05:55:29 user Adam.
In Reply to: Re: Fire on High Tops, or rather Saddleworth Moor (near Manchester UK) posted by Mike Dennis on June 27, 2018 at 22:31:09:
Moorland fires, either started by natural causes (lightning etc.) or human carelessness or mischief, are not uncommon after a prolonged drought on any of the upland moors in England. The top hamper, grass, heather, bracken and gorse can dry out and is then easily ignited and spreads.
I am sure Ransome would have seen wildfires during his residence in the Lake District but I doubt that there was any single occurrence which provoked his description in PP.
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