Wildfire warnings issued for Falkirk area
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is warning a high to extreme risk of wildfires exists in Central Scotland.
SFRS is urging anyone who lives within or visits rural environments to exercise extreme caution, because wildfires have the potential to burn for days and devastate vast areas of land and wildlife, as well as threaten the welfare of nearby communities.
The very high to extreme warning remains in place until April 17.
SFRS senior officer Bruce Farquharson said: "We are asking the public to exercise extreme caution and think twice before using anything involving a naked flame. Many rural and remote communities are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant damage.
"Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific interest can all be devastated by these fires - as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.
"It is crucial people act safely and responsibly in rural environments, and always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code."