Wild fire issue: East Lothian rangers urge public not to have fires and BBQs as 'out of control' fire causes 'significant damage' to Tyninghame Links

Rangers in East Lothian have repeated their calls to the public asking them not to light fires and BBQs after fire crews were and rangers were called to an ‘out of control’ fire near an East Lothian beach.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 1:56 pm

Two fire service crews and three East Lothian Countryside Rangers attended a fire at Tyninghame Links near Dunbar after it got ‘out of control’ over the weekend.

Despite services attending the blaze, the fire caused ‘significant damage’ to the surrounding environment.

Smaller camp fires were also observed over the past few days in ‘a number of other coastal locations’ according to East Lothian Council.

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Fire crews attended an 'out of control' blaze at Tyninghame Links near Dunbar (Photo: East Lothian Countryside Rangers).

It comes after rangers in the area issued a ‘no fire’ policy after releasing a statement and erecting on-site signs deterring members of the public from lighting fires.

Following the incidents, East Lothian Countryside Rangers are continuing to urge the public not to light fires on woods or in grasslands.

An East Lothian Countryside Rangers spokesperson said: “Despite our no fires post and on-site signs, there were still people lighting fires and having bbqs in inappropriate places. The fire brigade were called out to one incident of a fire that had got out of control.

“Please do not light fires in woods or on grasslands.

Two fire crews attended the fire at Tyninghame Links, East Lothian (Photo: East Lothian Countryside Rangers).

“Everywhere is bone dry at the moment and there is a high risk of fires causing significant damage.”

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