Weekend heat brings wildfire warning
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.”