The UK, with Sweden, Latvia and Germany, is now regarded as a high-risk area for forest fires
Grass fires and burning haystacks have always been a feature of British summers when between the rains the UK had occasional heat waves. But now the threat to the British Isles of large-scale wildfires has moved us into a different league. It is not just southern Europe that can expect serious forest fires. Along with Sweden, Latvia and Germany the UK has been added to the high-risk areas included in the European Forest Fire Information System. Observations show that more intense wildfires are happening over a longer period across Europe.
In the first four months of this year the service recorded 1,233 fires above 30 hectares in extent, more than for the whole of 2018. Some of them were in Scotland where large areas have been particularly dry.