Call for care after second estate wildfire


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have urged more care following a second wildfire at Mar Lodge Estate in a matter of weeks.

Estate workers managed to quell the blaze last Thursday evening (July 10) before firefighters got there, but Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have not yet determined the cause.

This is the second wildfire to break out on the estate in as many months.

In June, dozens of firefighters tackled a major grass blaze on the estate.

Ten fire engines and a forestry unit were called in, which saw around 65 firefighters and estate workers from the National Trust for Scotland involved.

SFRS said crews came from as far afield as Dundee to assist.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service station manager Colin Westwood spoke about the heightened risk of wildfire at this time of year.

He said: “Recent warm weather has increased the risk of wildfire.

“Protecting the countryside from wildfires demands that everyone recognises the risk and takes responsibility for preventing fires breaking out in the countryside and areas of grassland.

“Many people will be enjoying the countryside at this time of year and SFRS wants to ensure everyone bears safety in mind and is aware of their responsibilities.

“We would urge communities, tourists and visitors to be aware of the increased risk of wildfires at this time and make sure they act responsibly in a countryside environment.

“Simple measures such as making sure smoking materials are always properly disposed of and only having BBQs or campfires in safe places can help protect the countryside from potentially devastating wildfires.”

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