During last year’s peak wildfire season, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recorded on average one wildfire per day. Fifty of those wildfires (more than a third) were in Highland.

Climate change is contributing to wildfire severity and frequency, which poses a serious threat to Scotland’s communities, landscapes, and wildlife.
It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent wildfires.

To better understand what you can do, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s website has key information on:
– Understanding wildfires in Scotland
– Wildfire prevention
– How to report wildfires
– Protecting your home from wildfire
– Scottish wildfire strategy
– Controlled burning and muirburn for land managers
– Wildfire danger assessments

Click here to access these resources: https://www.firescotland.gov.uk/outdoors/wildfires/

Wildfire risks are a key component of our upcoming Highland Climate Risk and Opportunity Assessment, and we are keen to learn more about how wildfires are impacting our region.

Last week, we attended an online learning session on wildfire safety organised by the Community Woodlands Association CWA. The event focused on how community woodlands can prepare well for wildfire management, including by increasing resilience in the landscape. We heard from Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Bruce Farquharson from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Colin McClean, head of land management for the Cairngorms National Park.

If you have been impacted by a wildfire in the Highland region and/or if you have taken steps to protect your resources, we hope you will add your experiences to the Highland Weather and Climate Story Map: https://highlandadapts.commonplace.is/en-GB/map/map

By sharing your own stories, you help us better understand our region’s risks and opportunities. We appreciate your time and support.