LOCALS are being urged to stay extremely cautious as a wildfire warning is slapped on Scotland.

Now residents are being told to prepare for forest fires until May 17.

Ayrshire livestock, farmland, wildlife and woodland can all be devastated by these fires – as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.

The calls follow several recent wildfires across the country including in Ayrshire where firefighters battled a forest fire at Loch Doon, Dalmellington, over three days.

It comes as six appliances are currently battling a large grass fire at Melvich, near Thurso.

Rab Middlemiss, senior officer at Scottish Fire and Rescue, said: “We are appealing to people to take great care. It is crucial that people act responsibly in rural environments and follow the countryside code.”

Get more information on how to stay safe here.