26th March 2012
The extended dry and very warm weather means there is a real danger of wildfires in the Cairngorms National Park, putting people, habitats and wildlife at great risk.
The Met Office has advised that the Fire Severity Index is showing more elevated levels in the days ahead with parts of Scotland showing very high fire conditions for Wednesday 28 March 2012.
With the school holidays and Easter approaching, members of the public and visitors are being urged to be especially careful during this dry snap and follow advice to:
Never light a fire during a prolonged dry period
Use a stove rather than an open fire if cooking outdoors
If using a disposable barbecue, place it on a solid fire resistant surface such as stones and take it home once it has cooled
Further useful safety information can be found here.