Fire has occurred in the uplands for thousands of years, but regular management by fire is only carried out on a small proportion of moorland in Scotland. Some plant species are fire-adapted, while others are adversely affected.
Fire is a powerful tool and muirburn requires skill and understanding, if it is not to do more harm than good. A fire should not be lit unless it can be put out. Fire that is in the wrong place, or out of control, however ignited, can damage property, people, livelihoods and vital services.