Environmental incidents – SEISS reports (wildfires)

22 May 2018

Article: 52/2011

The Scottish Environmental Incident Surveillance System (SEISS) recorded the following incidents in the past week:

  • On 20 May 2018, firefighters tackled a large wildfire on Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh. Crews were called at 1.40pm on Sunday when large plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the peak. Grass was alight near the summit and six fire appliances attended. Around 30 officers were at the scene, with firefighters using water backpacks to tackle the flames. One casualty was taken into the care of paramedics with a leg injury. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews left the scene at 11.30pm on Sunday. Firecrews had to return to the fire on Monday morning after it reignited. 
  • On 19 May 2018, more than 30 firefighters tackled a wildfire in the Highlands. Nine appliances were called to Mybster Croft in Spittal, Caithness, at 11.42am to deal with the large heather fire which took six hours to control. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is calling on the public to help cut the likelihood of such blazes spreading across the country, which can devastate vast areas of land. With the country experiencing warmer weather, the service said there is an increased risk of wildfire in Scotland in place until Sunday. 

For more detailed information on SEISS, contact either Ian Henton or Colin Ramsay at HPS on 0141 300 1100.