Threat of Scottish wildfires ‘very excessive’ amid Spring heatwave warns fireplace service

Firefighters have warned of the chance of wildfires over the weekend amid hovering spring temperatures.

The Scottish Fireplace and Rescue Service stated it’s on excessive alert because the wildfire danger is “very excessive” till Wednesday, as forecasters predict the mercury might rise to 17C with variable winds.

Group commander Niall MacLennan stated there have been quite a lot of wildfires in Scotland this week, together with giant fires on Ben Lomond and close to Mallaig, which confirmed “how actual the hazard of fireplace is within the countryside and the way damaging it may be to the environment, wildlife and close by communities”.

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He added: “With rising temperatures this weekend, and additional dry circumstances into subsequent week, wildfires might burn and unfold with very excessive depth in high-risk areas.

“Subsequently, we’re asking folks to behave responsibly when having fun with the outside and please assume twice earlier than utilizing something involving a unadorned flame.”

The warning, put in place from Friday, places the chance of wildfires within the central and north east of the nation at very excessive till Monday, with the identical danger score for central and southern Scotland in place till Wednesday.

A excessive stress climate system will see temperatures climb alongside variable winds.

Accrued lifeless grass, leaves, twigs and heather on the bottom right now of yr dries rapidly in mild winds and, when ignited, acts as gasoline which may unfold wildfires over a large space.

Earlier this week the hearth on Ben Lomond took firefighters two days to place out, the service stated.

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