A WILDFIRE warning that has been in place since Friday May 26 has been extended across many parts of Scotland until Monday June 5.

The warning, which has been graded as ‘very high’ as the warm weather forecast continues, covers the majority of East, Central and Southern Scotland.

Firefighters are also appealing to people to take great care when outdoors during the wildfire warning period. It is crucial that people act safely and responsibly in rural environments and follow the countryside code.

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SFRS Group Commander Niall MacLennan said: “As the warm and dry weather continues, so too does the risk of wildfire.

“A mixture of seasonal weather conditions combined with very dry and dead vegetation means there is a heightened risk of fires, which can be started by the careless disposal of cigarettes as well as barbecues or campfires left unattended.

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“Many of our rural and remote communities are hugely impacted by these incidents, which can cause significant environmental and economic damage.”

Meanwhile smoke from a wildfire that has led to two firefighters being injured and burnt more than three square miles can be seen from space.

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The fire at Cannich, in the hills above Loch Ness in the Highlands, is now in its fourth day with four fire engines and specialist resources remaining on scene.

Satellite images from Nasa show the plume of smoke from the blaze drifting towards the loch on Monday amid clear skies.