Many will have seen the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service wildfire warning earlier this week. Wildfires are a growing concern in Scotland – and will be particularly worrying over the next few months. 

Wildfires can occur in both rural and urban areas and often have a significant impact on the landscape, wildlife, infrastructure and people in the vicinity. 

In our handy guide below, we outline the issues surrounding wildfires including the law relating to muirburning, an occupier's legal duties to avoid wildfires, and suggest actions which could reduce the risk.


Laura McMillan

Partner & Director of Advocacy

Kate Donachie

Legal Director