Keepers share muirburn tips
Firefighters have been benefiting from the muirburn expertise of gamekeepers.
Iain Hepburn, headkeeper at Dunmaglass estate and a part-time firefighter with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), has been engaging with firefighters to share best practice know-how.
He said: “One of the most effective methods of tackling wildfire is a technique known as ‘back burning’, where you control a fire by lighting another in a strategically placed position, which then burns towards the fire and, in turn, puts out both. This requires a lot of skill and knowledge and the practices
Managing wildfire requires a lot of skill
and knowledge we use on the estate can be shared to the benefit of fire crews and communities.”
Alex McKinley, a wildfire tactical adviser for the SFRS, visited Dunmaglass estate. He said: “We appreciate safely managed controlled burning, following the Muirburn Code, helps create fire breaks that prevent wildfires spreading.
“Managing vegetation growth is key to tackling wildfires. Uncontrolled fires are usually caused by failed land management techniques so the SFRS is working to ensure the practice of muirburn is carried out safely and responsibly.”