Wildfire warning issued

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A wildfire warning has been issued ahead of the weekend.

The ‘very high risk’ warning from The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service runs from tomorrow, April 23, until Monday April 26 and is urging people who live within or who may enter rural areas to exercise caution.

Wildfires have the potential to burn for days and devastate vast areas of land and wildlife; and threaten the welfare of nearby communities.

Senior Officer Bruce Farquharson said: ‘We are asking the public to exercise extreme caution and think twice before using anything involving a naked flame.

‘Many rural and remote communities are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant damage.

‘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.

‘These fires can also have a hugely negative impact on the environment and the release of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

‘Human behaviour can significantly lower the chance of a wildfire starting, so it is crucial that people act safely and responsibly in rural environments, and always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.’

Last weekend firefighters spent 15 hours bringing a large grassfire above Pennyfuir in Oban under control, affecting 6 X 8 acres of gorse and vegetation.

Caption: It took firefighters 15 hours to bring the blaze above Pennyfuir under control. Photograph: Maurice Wilkins