Call for caution to help prevent wildfire
With a ‘very high –extreme’ fire risk warning in place until 17 April, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all members of the public living on Scotland’s east coast and in the central belt 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.
Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive of Forestry and Land Scotland, said;
“We continue to welcome locals to our forests but ask everyone to follow current government and NHS advice.
“Right now everyone should take extra care and be aware of the heightened fire risk and not carry out any activity that might risk starting a wildfire.
“Helping to prevent wildfires also prevents undue demands being made 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.