Good afternoon the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has issued a Wildfire warning for the Western Isles with the islands being either being at a high or extreme risk.
From the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service news release today
A wildfire warning has been issued by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as the weather pattern over the next few days is dominated by high-pressure and strengthening winds.
The warning starts today, Sunday 20 March, and lasts until Wednesday 23 March.
• West and North-East Scotland EXTREME
• Rest of Scotland HIGH to VERY HIGH
At this time of year, in mid-March, there is a lot of dead grass and heather left over from last year which can dry very quickly.
People who live, work or visit rural areas are being urged to exercise caution.
Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Bruce Farquharson, the SFRS Wildfire Lead, said:
“Over the next few days in high risk areas, fires could burn and spread with very high intensity due to the weather conditions.
“We know how damaging wildfires can be to the environment, wildlife and nearby communities.
“We are asking people to act responsibly when enjoying the outdoors and please think twice before using anything involving a naked flame.”
Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more than one source for weather and wildfire information in extreme weather and wildfires. Such as the Met office, Scottish Fire and Rescue and other emergency responders.