Week­end heat brings wild­fire warn­ing

The Herald - - NEWS - JACK MC­GRE­GOR

CAM­PERS and those out for pic­nics have been warned of tin­der-dry con­di­tions as a scorch­ing week­end ap­proaches, with a ma­jor dan­ger of coun­try­side wild­fires.

Peo­ple should be “par­tic­u­larly care­ful with camp­fires, cig­a­rette dis­posal and throw-away bar­be­cues”, ac­cord­ing to ru­ral watch­dog Scottish Nat­u­ral Her­itage [SNH].

The agency said there was a fire dan­ger warn­ing in place in the north­east, south-east and cen­tral Scot­land, with “very high fire-dan­ger” con­di­tions from May 16 to 24.

Mark Wrightham, of SNH, said: “It’s great news that the re­cent warm, dry weather is en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to get out and about and en­joy our beau­ti­ful Scottish coun­try­side, but it’s im­por­tant to bear in mind that fires can spread quickly in these con­di­tions and do last­ing dam­age to na­ture and wildlife.

“In this weather, we ad­vise peo­ple to be care­ful when light­ing fires, or con­sider us­ing a camp­ing stove in­stead.”

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