Crews remain at the scene of a large wildfire at Drumnadrochit

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Wildfire Project Manager for Scotland, Group Manager Garry Burnett again urged public to be aware and help avoid potentially devastating wildfires

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is still at the scene of a large wildfire which affected a two mile area of moorland at Drumnadrochit, near Inverness last night.

Firefighters were sent to the scene at around 5.33pm last night following reports of a wildfire in the area around Garbeg Farm, Drumnadrochit.

Five pumps (three from Inverness, one from Drumnadrochit, one from Beauly) attended the incident, along with the new wildfire unit, the argocat all-terrain vehicle and the Incident Command Unit.

Firefighters worked through the night and tackled the fire using knapsack sprayers, fire beaters and the argocat ATV which has a high pressure lance.

Crews remain at the scene this morning and are carrying out damping down operations.

At its height there were around 40 firefighters and forestry and farm workers involved in the incident.

The recent warm weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires striking both rural and urban settings.

Protecting the country from wildfires demands everyone recognise the risk and take responsibility for preventing flames breaking out in the countryside and areas of grassland. 
 
Wildfire Project Manager for Scotland, Group Manager Garry Burnett has again urged the public to be aware and help avoid potentially devastating wildfires.
 
He explained: “The dry weather at this time of year means a heightened risk of wildfire in area of grass, heather and woodland. We want to make as many people aware of this as possible to ensure they don’t cause a fire that could have devastating results.
 
“Wildfires have a major impact on remote or rural areas of Scotland, causing substantial environmental and economic damage and risking both property and lives.
 
“A small fire can very quickly spread over a huge area and pose a serious threat to buildings, property and the lives of those who live in rural communities, causing widespread damage to farmland.
 
“Many people will be enjoying the countryside at this time of year and we want to make sure everyone bears safety in mind and is aware of their responsibilities.
 
“I 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.
 
“Make sure smoking materials are always properly disposed of and only having BBQs or campfires in safe places. By following these simple steps people can help protect the countryside from potentially devastating wildfires.”
 
People visiting the countryside can find more information on how to act responsibly and help prevent wildfires by looking at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Firefighters and forestry workers often tackle wildfires side-by-side, with those responsible for the land committing extensive resources to help SFRS crews bring incidents under control.

Land managers and SFRS officers also work closely in the Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF), which promotes a wider understanding of wildfire, its risks and impact.

For further advice and information about wildfires and what we can all do to prevent them visit the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk

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