Dundee Ranger Service has issued a warning over the number of fires being lit in woodlands in recent days, advising locals to only use areas set aside for the lighting of fires.
A statement published by the service – part of Dundee City Council – said both rangers and fire officers had been called to small fires which could have become dangerous if they hadn’t been found.
Locals have been advised to report even smouldering, which could mean something is still burning underground.
The service said: “With the current dry conditions even the soil in the forest is extremely combustible.
“These small fires have ignited the soil beneath them which has continued to smoulder long after the actual fire has gone out.
“This smouldering fire can spread underground, undetected, and ignite an out of control burn in another area, even a considerable time later.
“If you must have a fire, please do so only in the designated fire-pit at Templeton Woods visitor centre.”