Fire and ice risk across Scotland, warns SFRS

Lewis MacDonald posted his photograph of fire crews tackling a fire front on Harris yesterday afternoon (February 11).

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has reiterated its warnings of earlier this week after wildfires in Harris, Benbecula, Bernera and Skye.

Just this afternoon, a large section of the A87 between Moll and Luib on Skye was closed due to smoke obscuring vision for motorists.

Fire appliances were in attendance with people warned to avoid travel to the area.

Scottish Fire and Rescue said three appliances are in attendance with two miles of heather burning.

Traffic Scotland warned of disruption across the A87 A851 – A863 Sligachan.

Lewis MacDonald posted his photograph of fire crews tackling a fire front on Harris yesterday afternoon (February 11).

It comes on the back of large blazes on Harris and Benbecula, the latter being very remote and equivalent to a couple of hundred acres with a 500-metre fire front.

Area commander Bruce Farquharson said a combination of dry vegetation and an unidentified ‘ignition source’ had started the blaze with the closest road access a mile away.

Despite freezing temperatures, many of the Western Isles had not seen the snow other areas had and fire was still possible.

AC Farquharson said: ‘The risk is there, the vegetation is tinder dry and it just takes the slightest spark’

He urged no campfires, no disposable barbecues or discarded smoking materials.

In another alert issued today, the SFRS said it had been called to a number of incidents in recent days across Scotland involving people and animals falling through ice or in to frozen waterways.

It warned: ‘Stay clear of frozen water this weekend and keep children and pets away from it. Don’t take the risk.’