Spring is typically a time of year when there is an increase in the number of deliberate secondary fires reported due to antisocial behaviour, drier weather and additional daylight hours.
These range from rubbish and refuse fires to vehicles being set ablaze.Deliberately set fires are dangerous; they waste time and money, and keep SFRS crews away from real emergencies.
Station Manager John Hanlin said: “Unfortunately, at this time of year we typically see an increase in the number of deliberate fires set across the country.
“This illegal activity is not only reckless but also prevents our crews from attending real emergencies.”
According to the latest SFRS incident statistics, published last October, there were 1,309 reports of deliberate secondary fires in Edinburgh.
Station Manager John Hanlin added: “It’s important people understand the dangers and consequences of this unacceptable behaviour.
“Firefighters continue to engage with local communities and work closely with partners in an effort to reduce the number of incidents.
“We are working proactively, visiting schools and community groups to help those who are involved in fire setting realise that their actions can have very serious consequences. But while we are determined to engage with and influence those individuals who may set fires, we would also encourage the community to help.
Wildfires in the area are also an issue.
John Hanlin said: “Many rural and remote communities are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant environmental and economic damage.
“Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific interest can all be devastated by these fires - as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.
“Human behaviour can significantly lower the chance of a wildfire starting so it’s crucial people act safely and responsibly in rural environments and follow the countryside code.”
The public can help prevent wildfires by making sure they dispose of litter and smoking materials carefully while in rural areas.
For further advice and information visit www.firescotland.gov.uk