The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding people to be aware of an
increased wildfire risk this weekend.
Dry and windy weather has already resulted in several incidents in the Western Isles
as well as some large fires in Sutherland and near Stirling.
Wild and grass fires can start by the careless disposal of cigarettes and barbecues
or campfires left unattended.
They then have the potential to burn for days and devastate vast areas of land, wildlife
and threaten the welfare of nearby communities.
SFRS Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Andy Coueslant said: “Many rural and remote communities
are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant environmental and economic
“Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific
interest can all be devastated by these fires - as can the lives of people living
and working in rural communities.
“Human behaviour can significantly lower the chance of a wildfire starting so it’s
crucial people act safely and responsibly in rural environments and follow the countryside
Grass and wildfires are a common risk at this time of year when warmer weather dries
out vegetation – especially dead winter foliage – which offers an ample fuel source.
Just one heat source like a campfire ember can cause it to ignite and if the wind
changes direction even the smallest fire can spread uncontrollably and devastate
Mr Coueslant added: “At the start of spring there is often a lot of dead vegetation
leftover from last year - this fuel can dry out quickly with higher temperatures
and lower humidity levels.” Scottish Outdoor Access Code before starting a fire.”