After last night’s fire at the foothills of the East Lomond’s Fife Coast & Countryside Trust (FCCT) are asking everyone to be careful with campfires, cigarette disposal, and throw-away barbecues at all times when enjoying the great outdoors.
Fortunately no one came to any harm and FCCT would like to take this opportunity to thank Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Police Scotland and the Local Farming Community for promptly bringing the fire under control thus preventing more damage to the flora, fauna and domestic livestock in the Lomond Hills Regional Park.
There is currently a fire danger warning in place in the North East, South East and central Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have warned of very high fire danger conditions from now until 24 May.
Mark Wrightham, SNH’s Recreation & Tourism Manager, 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.
Be particularly cautious when disposing of cigarettes – even a cigarette butt can easily start a wildfire. One of the biggest risks is disposable barbecues. These should be taken away and disposed of safely in a bin. You may think the barbecue’s no longer a risk, but the lingering heat could cause vegetation to smoulder and catch fire.
A few simple tips can make all the difference in making sure as many people as possible can enjoy our countryside safely.”
SNH advice is:
- Whenever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire.
- If you do light a fire, keep it small and under control, and remove all traces before leaving. Avoid lighting them during prolonged dry periods or in forests, woods, farmland, peaty ground or near to buildings 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 the barbeque is cold before you take it away with the rest of your rubbish.
- Dispose of cigarette butts in bins