An MSP has urged people in the North-east to take care in their use of Chinese lanterns.
The warning has gone out from Aberdeenshire West SNP representative Dennis Robertson.
Mr Robertson’s advice follows an incident highlighted by Scotland’s National Nature Reserves (NNR) of a burned-out lantern which was discovered by rangers on the Muir of Dinnet reserve in Deeside.
Mr Robertson said: “The use of Chinese lanterns, whilst seeming fun at the time, does pose a serious risk to our countryside, especially after a lengthy dry spell of weather.
“We need to do all that we can to protect the beautiful countryside that we are lucky to have here in Aberdeenshire, and Chinese lanterns are a threat to this. Whether from the potential for grass fires, or animals being harmed by remaining wires, the lanterns can be dangerous.
“I urge all constituents to use extreme caution whilst flying the lanterns, or to not use them at all.
“Warnings have been put in place by Fire Services across the UK, the Coastguard, as well as from Scotland’s NNR, and people would be wise to heed these warnings before a more serious incident occurs.”
Chinese lanterns are a common sight across night skies.