Three people in the Uists have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal after incidents of muirburn out of the licensed season.

Police investigated reports of burning in Benbecula and South Uist on three occasions in the past week, on 18, 21 and 22 April. In all three cases the person responsible for setting the fire is being reported.

The hill farming act 1946 covers the burning of heather, grass and gorse during a designated season, which usually closes on 15 April. This year the season was suspended with immediate effect on 1 April following a decision in the Scottish Parliament to limit the possibility of emergency services being called if muirburn got out of control.

This week’s dry, breezy weather significantly increases the chance of any fire sparking a wildfire and the possibility of emergency services being required to protect property and public safety.

On Monday (20 April) the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service warned: “With rising temperatures and high volumes of dry vegetation in our countryside, an extreme risk of wildfire warning remains in place for large parts of Scotland throughout this week.”