Apr 6 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
VISITORS to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are being asked to take extra care to avoid starting any uncontrolled fires when visiting the area.
The warning came following the recent period of warm, dry weather increased the risk of fire.
And, while recent days have seen temperatures plummet, as the area moves into spring and summer the warning still applies.
Chief Inspector Kevin Findlater from Callander Police Office urged the public to be extra vigilant and to help prevent fire when out in forests and open grassland.
He added: “There is a very real risk that fire, no matter how it started, could quickly spread and threaten life and property as well as leaving significant environmental damage.
“At such a high risk time it would be better if open fires in such vulnerable areas could be avoided and special care needs to be taken when disposing of spent matches and cigarettes.
“Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a great attraction for visitors and locals in hot dry weather. With care and vigilance they can make sure the scenery and wildlife is not destroyed by fire.”