Police fire enquiries ‘ongoing’

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Police Scotland have said investigations are ongoing to establish the ‘full circumstances’ of a spate of fires last week.

Fire crews across Scotland were called out to a string of blazes including Harris, Lewis and Skye, as well as Glen Lonan.

Superintendent Lindsay Tulloch said in a statement: ‘We are aware of a number of fires over recent days in the Western Isles, Skye and in Sutherland.

‘Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of each of these fires.

‘We would urge people to be responsible in the countryside at all times and particularly in areas which are at risk of wildfire.

‘Such fires cause considerable damage to the land and wildlife, as well as placing extra pressure on the emergency services.

‘We would also urge people to be aware of the Muirburn Code and to be mindful of any restrictions in place under the current coronavirus regulations.’

NatureScot, Scotland’s nature agency, said fire is one of the country’s oldest and most powerful land management tools, but controlling it required planning, skill and experience’.