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Forestry and Land Scotland urges Highland residents to do their bit to prevent wildfires; plea comes after 'extreme' alert issued


By Philip Murray

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Wildfires can spread quickly and cause devastating damage. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Wildfires can spread quickly and cause devastating damage. Picture: Gary Anthony.

EXTREME wildfire warnings have sparked a plea for the public to do what they can to prevent blazes from breaking out in the Highlands.

Forestry and Land Scotland has urged all residents and visitors to observe wildfire prevention guidance and avoid putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure.

The call came after the Scottish Fires and Rescue Service and the Scottish Wildfire Forum issued alerts this afternoon, which are warning of “very high” and “extreme” wildfire risks across much of the Highlands and Islands later this week and into the weekend.

Simon Hodgson, chief executive of Forestry and Land Scotland, said: “We continue to welcome locals to our forests but ask everyone to follow current government and NHS advice.

“Right now everyone should take extra care and be aware of the heightened fire risk and not carry out any activity that might risk starting a wildfire.

“Helping to prevent wildfires also prevents undue demands being made on our blue light services – and could also save lives.”

Many wildfires are avoidable incidents and are often the result of irresponsible behaviour – whether it is discarding cigarettes, littering or lighting campfires or barbecues in the wrong places.

The impact can be devastating and have significant, long-term consequences for wildlife, often over many years.

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