Fire warning

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is urging woodland visitors to not light fires or start barbecues during their day out.

Dan Cadle, recreation forester with the FES team in Aberdeenshire, said;

"We have recently had a spate of fires being lit in Dunnottar Woods near Stonehaven. These have generally been small "camp" fires but with the recent dry and sunny weather raising temperatures and drying out the forest floor, it wouldn’t take much for these to get out of control.

“We appreciate that most of the time people do not realise the risk but there have been cases where campfires have so quickly got out of hand that lives have been put at risk.

“A fire site has also recently done damage to the Gallows Hill - a Scheduled Ancient Monument that needs to be protected.

“We’re urging people to be responsible and be safe.”

Police Scotland have been informed and will be doing additional drive-bys to keep a watch on activity in the woods.

Visitors encountering people with fires lit, or attempting to light fires, should contact the Forest Enterprise Scotland on 0300 067 6200 or, if appropriate, the emergency services.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.