Wildfire Warning from Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage is warning people visiting the countryside this weekend about the dangers of wildfires.

The hot dry weather means uncontrolled fire could spread quickly across agricultural land and wildlife habitats.

SNH is asking people to be careful with cigarettes and disposable barbecues if they are out enjoying the sunshine.

  • Whenever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. If you do light one, keep it small and under control, and remove all traces before leaving.
  • Avoid lighting fires at all during prolonged dry periods, woods, farmland, peaty ground or near to buildings as fires that get out of control.
  • When using a disposable barbeque, put it on a heat-proof surface, such as sand or stones before you light it. Make sure the barbeque is cold before you take it away with the rest of your rubbish.
  • Dispose of cigarette butts in bins.