FLS focus on fire-awareness
With a high to extreme fire risk warning in place for much of Scotland’s east coast over the next few days, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all members of the public to observe wildfire prevention guidance to avoid putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure.
The call comes as the likelihood of wildfire starting is increased as a result of recent dry weather, forecast sunshine, low humidity and high winds.
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.
SFRS Area Commander Bruce Farquharson said:
"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.”
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.