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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service urges Highlanders to beware wildfires amid warnings of high and very high risk across parts of Scotland; parts of Ross-shire and Inverness-shire among those at very high risk


By Philip Murray

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The areas at risk. Picture: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
The areas at risk. Picture: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

FIREFIGHTERS have urged the public to take extra care to prevent wildfires after April and May's dry weather left swathes of the Highlands at "very high risk".

The warning, which comes in the same week as a large blaze above Kishorn in Wester Ross, is expected to remain in place for today and tomorrow at least.

" A wildfire warning remains in place across the country today and tomorrow," said a spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

"This includes:

  • South West and Southern Scotland: Very high
  • North and East Scotland: High

"Please take care in rural areas / countryside, and follow our advice."

The areas at high risk in the Highlands include the Black Isle, the Applecross peninsula, parts of Coigach, Ullapool, Lochalsh, lands around the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths, Inverness, and various other parts of Easter, Wester and Mid Ross.

For more information about the fire risk, and steps you can do to reduce the chances of starting a wildfire, visit https://firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/wildfires.aspx

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