AN extreme warning is in place in West Dunbartonshire this week as the threat of wildfire spikes in regions across Scotland.

The warning will be in place from today until Friday.

According to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), a mixture of strong winds, rising temperatures and low humidity levels has seen the risk level increase ‘considerably’.

Spring conditions combined with large areas of dead grass and vegetation can also lead to a heightened chance of ignition.

SFRS said many wildfires are started deliberately due to careless and irresponsible behaviour.

John Harvey, SFRS station commander, said: “The threat of wildfire is very real, and we would therefore ask our communities to act safely and responsibly while in the countryside.

"Wildfire can devastate large areas of our environment and wildlife and has the potential to spread to nearby communities.

"We are asking people to act responsibly when enjoying the outdoors, dispose of cigarettes carefully and please think twice before using anything involving a naked flame."