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Scottish fire service issues further wildfires warning after 'extreme' alert

By Niall Harkiss

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As a fourth wildfire alert in just three weeks is put in place across Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are warning members of the public that even the smallest fire can spread with great speed and intensity and can devastate large areas.

The north-west Highlands has been given a ‘very high’ warning, whilst all other areas of Scotland face an ‘extreme’ rating.

Members of the public are being cautioned that even the smallest fire can spread with great speed.
Members of the public are being cautioned that even the smallest fire can spread with great speed.

An increased risk of wildfires begins today and runs until Saturday June 17 – but could be extended further as the warm weather continues.


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SFRS warns that many rural and remote communities are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant environmental and economic damage.

Group commander Niall MacLennan said: “We are urging the public not to light disposable barbecues or campfires in areas where there is vegetation, much of which is tinder dry or to discard cigarettes carelessly.

"As the warm and dry weather continues, so too does the risk of wildfire. The recent wildfire incidents at Cannich and Daviot, near Inverness and Campsie Fells, just north of Glasgow show just how large these fires can become.

“It would only take a small ignition on dry vegetation to cause a wildfire at this time of year.

“Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code if you're heading into the countryside this weekend as the wildfire warning continues."

SFRS works closely with land managers, communities and other safety partners to prevent these incidents from occurring.

Members of the public are being reminded that many of these fires are preventable, and to refer to SFRS safety advice and enjoy the weather responsibly.

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