East Lothian Council

Smoke and Fire Emergencies

In a real emergency call 999, state clearly your location and the situation.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provides a wide ranging safety service to more than 890,000 people living and working within a 2,500 square mile area of the south east of Scotland.

This includes community safety services such as home fire safety visits and advice on fire safety at work, as well as fire safety inspections for businesses.

We also provide the more visible emergency services such as firefighting and rescues from road traffic collisions. The Service also has specialist crews trained to carry out rescues from water.

Report smoke from bonfires

There are no laws against having bonfires, though it is an offence for the smoke, or the smell of the smoke to cause a statutory nuisance.

If possible try to resolve problems informally by approaching your neighbour. If you do not wish to approach your neighbour you can report it to Environmental and Consumer Services:

We will visit and consider whether the smoke is causing a statutory nuisance and take action if necessary.

Garden bonfires

If you are burning garden waste you should take steps to avoid upsetting your neighbours, for example, by preventing them from opening windows, using their gardens, or hanging washing out. Smoke from garden bonfires can also contribute to local air pollution levels and can affect people with breathing problems.

It is wise to only burn dry material during suitable weather conditions and to keep the fire away from trees, fences and buildings. It is best not to burn bonfires if possible. Download the Garden Bonfires booklet for more information on bonfires.

John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827365

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.