Behave with care and avoid fire risk
With a ‘very high’ fire risk warning in place over the weekend for Easter Ross and Moray, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging anyone thinking of visiting a forest to observe wildfire prevention guidance and avoid putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure.
The call comes in support of warnings issued by the Scottish Fires and Rescue Service and the Scottish Wildfire Forum.
Graeme Prest, FLS’ North Region Manager, said;
“It’s looking like it’s going to be an exceptional weekend and we’re expecting a lot of people to be out and about.
“But with conditions as they are at the moment, everyone should be aware of the heightened fire risk and take extra care to not carry out any activity that might risk starting a wildfire.
“That extra bit of caution not only protects Scotland’s forests but also avoids placing undue demands on our blue light services – and could also save lives.”
Many wildfires are avoidable incidents and are often the result of irresponsible behaviour – whether it is discarding cigarettes, littering or lighting campfires or barbecues in the wrong places.
The impact can be devastating and have significant, long-term consequences for wildlife, often over many years.
Notes to editors
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.