Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Wildfire risk plea to public as lockdown eases

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

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SFRS Dumfries and Galloway

A warning of a "very high" risk of wildfires has been issued for the weekend as lockdown restrictions are eased in Scotland.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said much of the country was "vulnerable" to such blazes.

People living in, or visiting, rural areas have been asked to exercise "extreme caution".

SFRS has already tackled major incidents in Galloway, Wester Ross and near Clydebank in recent weeks.

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Six firefighters test positive at Glasgow fire station

Springburn Community Fire Station
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Springburn Community Fire Station

Six firefighters at one station in Glasgow have tested positive for coronavirus.

Staff were tested after an outbreak at Springburn Community Fire Station in the north of the city.

The base has now been deep cleaned and the staff involved are in self-isolation.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said there was no risk to the public and the fire station remains fully operational.

Roddie Keith, the local senior officer for the City of Glasgow, said the service was working hard to maintain an essential emergency service for communities during the pandemic while also ensuring the safety of the workforce.

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