The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have said that a wildfire at Rickarton on Monday serves as a reminder of the risk at this time of year.
Seventy firefighters spent much of the afternoon tackling the major wildfire after crews were called to Craigneil Hill, Rickarton Estate, near Stonehaven at around 12.30.
Eleven appliances and several support vehicles spent much of the afternoon bringing the wildfire under control and some excellent work by fire crews ensured the blaze did not spread to a nearby pine tree plantation.
Firefighters worked tirelessly with beaters and knapsack sprayers to tackle the blaze, which affected an area covering 10 hectares.
Rural Scotland is now within the high risk season for wildfires.
Wildfire Project manager Garry Burnett is keen to highlight the dangers associated with incidents of this type; “Monday’s incident on Craigneil Hill was an excellent example of how wildfire can become a resource-intensive, challenging incident, to bring under control.
“At the height of firefighting activity there were 11 pumping appliances, two forestry units, a water carrier and two other specialised units supporting the crews.
‘‘Many wildland fires are started deliberately or are due to careless, reckless or irresponsible behaviour. If you see someone acting suspiciously, recklessly or irresponsibly in the countryside contact Police Scotland on 101 or pass information anonymously to Scotland Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
‘‘Further information is available on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk. Our website has a link to the Muirburn Code and there is more advice in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.’’