Arthur’s Seat fire: was a cigarette butt to blame?

FIRE chiefs have issued warnings on wildfires following last night’s Arthur’s Seat blaze.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 12:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 12:47 pm
The damage after the fire. Picture: Lisa Ferguson, TSPL.
The damage after the fire. Picture: Lisa Ferguson, TSPL.

It comes as a sightseer was spotted smoking on Salisbury Crags shortly before the gorse fire ignited.

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One eye-witness, who was at the attraction shortly before the fire broke out, said she had seen someone smoking at 6pm next to the gorse bushes.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service stressed carelessly discarded cigarettes could be a cause.

Group Manager Matt Acton said: ”As the warm and dry weather continues, so too does the risk of wildfire.

“Quantities of dead vegetation can provide a plentiful source of fuel for wildfires at this time of year.

“We have seen with the fire last night just how large these fires can become and the significant environmental and economic damage it can cause.

“We are appealing to people to be vigilant and consider their actions – it is crucial that people act safely and responsibly in rural environments and follow the countryside code.

“Just one heat source like a campfire ember or smoking materials can cause it to ignite and if the wind changes direction even the smallest fire can spread uncontrollably and devastate entire hillsides.”