Fire safety call to forest visitors
Forestry and Land Scotland has urged all forest visitors to follow good fire prevention practice after a devastating but preventable wildfire broke out near Loch Morlich over the weekend. (5-6 June)
Around seven hectares of forest (equal to around seven football pitches in size) were damaged in the incident, which was attended by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) units on Saturday afternoon and evening.
The area was declared safe on Sunday morning. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Maree Morrison, FLS Recreation Ranger in the area, said;
“A huge thanks to the crews from SFRS who attended on the day and stopped this fire from being much worse.
“Over recent weeks we have been working closely with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and SFRS to raise awareness of the 'very high fire risk' message by using social media, on-site signage and leaflets, all supplemented by additional on-site staff who are helping us to convey this and other key messages.
“The impact of wildfires can affect habitats and wildlife for months, years or even decades.
"It is imperative that visitors plan ahead and are aware of the potential safety precautions that they need to take, especially when conditions are so hot and dry.”
Campfires are not permitted across the Cairngorms National Park or at FLS sites. Portable gas stoves are recommended for BBQs and cooking food, with visitors advised to completely avoid all solid fuel (wood, coal briquettes, fire logs).
“This is a beautiful part of Scotland that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. It is important that everyone plays their part in making sure that Loch Morlich and the Glenmore Forest Park is protected and safe for all to enjoy.”
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.