Scottish Fire & Rescue (SFRS) and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) are warning of an increased forest fire risk. A map released by Scottish Fire & Rescue has shown that parts of the east and south are at a very high to extreme risk from forest fires.
SFRS have released two maps of Scotland showing which areas are at risk of wildfires and the level of risk within that area, ranging from low to extreme. The maps have shown that Highland Perthshire is a high-risk area from the 10th of August and is just on the edge of the high-risk area from the 15th of August.
The vast majority of wildfires in Scotland are caused accidentally by people not understanding how easily a fire can be started and spread. FLS have asked everyone to follow a few simple safety tips when visiting forests and land. These tips include: Always fully extinguish cigarettes and dispose of them responsibly, following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code’s advice and never starting a fire during prolonged dry period.
SFRS have released a fire safety report as well, encouraging people living within the increased risk areas to make sure that they are prepared and that they are being safe when outdoors. SFRS have advised people living within these areas to discuss with their family and neighbors a plan of action should they need to escape such as: where they should assemble and plans for rounding up and caring for their pets.
SFRS have also given advice on how to protect your home from forest fires such as keeping your grass short and ensuring that woodpiles and gas tanks are kept on short grass or gravel.
Should you discover a wildfire fire you should call 999 and ask for the fire service.
For further information on what to do if you discover a fire and how to stay safe visit: https://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/outdoors/wildfires/
For information on wildfire prevention visit the Forestry and Land Scotland website.