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Highland MSP's wildfire summit to focus on community preparation

By Tom Ramage

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A wildfire summit organised by Kate Forbes MSP will take place in the Highlands tomorrow (Wednesday).

Some 30 delegates will gather in Kiltarlity, a short distance from Inverness, to discuss feedback from recent wildfires in Cannich and Daviot as well as ways to increase community preparation and public awareness for future incidents.

Flames above the trees at the recent Daviot wildfire.
Flames above the trees at the recent Daviot wildfire.

Mairi Gougeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Islands, is expected to attend along with representatives from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Forestry and Land Scotland, NatureScot and local gamekeepers who assisted with recent efforts.

Ms Forbes said: “First and foremost, I am hugely grateful for the tireless efforts of everyone who brought these blazes under control and also ensured there was no loss of life.

“Unfortunately these wildfires are unlikely to be the last we see in the Highlands, and the aim of the summit is to learn any lessons from tackling these recent fires as well as consider what can be done to assist prevention in future.

“The recent incidents show that careless actions can have devastating results, so it is hugely important that we do everything we can to raise awareness of the dangers and also use all of the available tools at our disposal.

"I look forward to constructive discussions.”

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