Published: 12/03/2014 16:00 - Updated: 12/03/2014 16:07

Wildfire on Speyside

FIREFIGHTERS have been tackling a wildfire on Speyside.Scottish Fire Rescue

Around 15 firefighters using beaters and knapsack sprayers were at the scene of the hill fire in Rothes earlier today.

Appliances from Dufftown, Fochabers and Elgin were there, along with an all terrain vehicle (ATV).

The ATV is equipped with a high pressure lance.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging land managers, tourists and communities to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire and help reduce the number of wildfires.

Last year Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a large number of wildfire incidents across Scotland, which were successfully dealt with by thanks to a committed and sustained effort by firefighters.

A spokesman said: "We are now entering that time of year when the risk of wildfire is at its highest and SFRS is keen to work with landowners, tourists and communities to help reduce the number fires in a bid to protect the countryside and its residents.

"The demand on SFRS resources during wildfire season is significant and it is hoped that raised awareness will help reduce that demand."

There are a number of things land managers can do to help prevent wildfires, including strict adherence to the Muirburn Code, which applies to the controlled burning of heather within the permitted season.

Many wildland fires are started deliberately or are due to careless, reckless or irresponsible behaviour. If you see someone acting suspiciously, recklessly or irresponsibly in the countryside contact Police Scotland on 101 or pass information anonymously to Scotland Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The public are being asked to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire not carelessly dispose of smoking materials in rural areas.

For more information about wildfires visit www.firescotland.gov.uk

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