Environmental incidents – SEISS reports (wildfires)

28 April 2020

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

  • On 24 April 2020, BBC News reported that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) had been fighting a forest and moorland blaze in Dumfries and Galloway, which broke out on 23 April near the village of Mossdale. At its peak, nine appliances and a helicopter were involved in fighting the fire, along with forestry and estate workers. Fire crews remained at the scene on 24 April, as the operation to bring the situation under control continued. A SFRS spokesperson said there were no reports of casualties and that fire crews were likely to remain at the scene for some time. 
  • On 21 April 2020, BBC News reported that the SFRS returned to a wildfire at Kilpatrick Hills reservoir for a second day. Firefighters were initially called to the scene at approximately 6.45 pm on 20 April, but SFRS reported that crews left the scene at 10.30pm, as conditions were too dangerous. The fire crews returned on 21 April at 6.00am and worked throughout the day. There are no reported casualties. 
  • On 20 April 2020, BBC News reported that the SFRS tackled a wildland blaze in Menstrie Glen. Units from Dunblane, Doune, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, and Auchterarder, supported by a command unit from Bo'ness, attended the blaze on 19 April. Crews used beaters and hosereel jets to contain and extinguish the fire. Dunblane Fire Station said its Polaris all-terrain vehicle was also used during the operation, which lasted about six hours. 
  • On 17 April 2020, BBC News reported that the SFRS tackled a large wildfire near Strathpeffer. In a separate incident, firefighters attended a wildfire on Fyrish Hill, also in Easter Ross. The SFRS said a discarded cigarette was the suspected cause of that fire, which was extinguished on 17 April. There were no reported casualties from either incident.

More detailed information can be found on the SEISS website.