Wildfire Warning For Campers
Campers have been urged to take extra care this summer to prevent the risk of wildfires.
The plea comes after a series of devastating fires across the country last summer. With predictions of another hot, dry summer, the public are being asked not to light open fires and take care with camping stoves, cigarettes and disposable barbecues.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Loch Lomond And The Trossachs National Park and Cairngorms National Park issued the warning.
Graham Sullivan, SNH uplands advisor, said: “We want people to enjoy their visits but it’s important to bear in mind that fires can spread quickly in these conditions and do lasting damage to nature and wildlife.
“We would urge people to be particularly cautious when disposing of cigarettes – even a cigarette butt or the smallest of embers left from a campfire can easily start a wildfire.
“One of the biggest risks is disposable barbecues. These should be taken away and disposed of safely.”
FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
• Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods, as fires that get out of control can cause major damage
• When using a disposable barbeque, put it on a heat-proof surface, such as sand or stones before you light it. Make sure it’s cold before you take it away with the rest of your rubbish.
• Dispose of cigarette butts safely