Firefighters are working hard to extinguish a number of wildfires across the Highlands and Islands

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A warning for an increased risk of wildfires is in place across Scotland until Thursday, May 31

Wildfireskyemay 2018Firefighters are currently still working to contain and extinguish a number of wildfires across the Highlands and Islands area.

Crews remain in attendance on Monday, May 28 in the Sligachan to Carbost area of the Isle of Skye, where a large wildfire first took hold at 9.51am on Sunday, May 27.

Firefighters are also still tackling a wildfire in the Torridon area of the Highlands which has been ongoing since 10.30am on Sunday.

A wildfire in Achintee, Strathcarron has also seen firefighters today working hard with water and beaters to extinguish the fire involving grass.

A warning for an increased risk of wildfires is in place across Scotland until Thursday, May 31.

Members of the public are being urged to play their part in preventing further potentially devastating fires.

Area Manager Bruce Farquharson is Chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum.

He said: "A great many people will be enjoying the outdoors in the good weather this weekend, we urge everyone to make sure that they don’t increase the chance of wildfire – be aware of the risks and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

“Wild and grass fires can start by the careless disposal of cigarettes and barbecues or campfires left unattended.

“They then have the potential to burn for days and devastate vast areas of land, wildlife and threaten the welfare of nearby communities.

“Many rural and remote communities, such as those in the Highland area, are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant environmental and economic damage.

"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.

"Just one heat source like a campfire ember can cause it to ignite and if the wind changes direction even the smallest fire can spread uncontrollably and devastate entire hillsides."

The SFRS works closely with land managers, communities and other safety partners to prevent these incidents ever occurring.

AM Farquharson continued: “Right now, many firefighters across Scotland are actively tackling wildfires, working to protect our communities and their efforts have to be commended.

“However, many of these fires are preventable, and we again urge people to read our safety advice, and enjoy the weather responsibly.”

For further advice and information about wildfires and how to prevent them visit: /your-safety/wildfires.aspx or www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

 

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