Keep­ers share muir­burn tips

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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.”

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