FORESTRY and Land Scotland has issued a wildfire warning as temperatures rocket across Scotland. 

It has said there is a “very high” risk in eastern and southern Scotland between Tuesday, July 19, and Saturday, July 23. 

A tweet posted on their social media issued various pieces of guidance for those out and about over the next few days:

It read: “If you see a wildfire, call 999 and ask for the Fire Service.

“Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and never start a fire during prolonged dry periods.

“Always fully extinguish cigarettes and dispose of them responsibly.”

The vast majority of wildfires in Scotland are usually accidental and caused by a stray campfire ember or a dropped cigarette. 

The social and economic impacts can be considerable as wildfires can be highly damaging to wildlife and their habitats. 

It can take a large number of firefighters to eventually get everything under control. 

Wildfires can also burn valuable carbon stores like trees and peatland which release greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere. 

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The damage to peatland is of particular concern as it takes a long time to recover. 

Whilst Scotland won’t see anything like what can occur in Australia, prolonged dry conditions can allow wildfires to establish.