Risk of fires as busy landscape now dries out

Two years after huge wildfires broke out in the Machars, a warning has gone out to locals after firefighters dealt with a number of blazes over the Easter break.

Crews spent four hours tackling flames near New Galloway on Monday evening, thought to have been caused by sparks from electricity cables.

Three fire trucks were then called to Whithorn on Wednesday and spent two hours containing a blaze caused by suspected discarded smoking materials.

A Scottish Fire ad Rescue Service spokesperson said: “At this time of year – before new green growth appears – grass, heather, and forested areas are at particularly high risk from fire. SFRS is asking people to be aware of the heightened risk of fire and to act safely and responsibly if they visit the countryside this weekend.”

The SFRS also added that illegal dumping of waste is becoming a fast-growing problem when it comes to fires starting in rural areas.

The spokesperson added: “The public are asked to report any fly tipping or accumulations of rubbish and refuse to their local authority or to the national ‘Dumb Dumpers’ stopline – operated by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – by calling 0845 230 4090.”