Crews called to Banchory blaze

Fire engine
Fire engine

Fire crews were called after a grass fire broke out at a farm near Raemoir, Banchory, yesterday afternoon.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended the blaze at 4.25pm on Wednesday, April 15.

SFRS want people to act responsibly in a countryside environment.

Andy Coueslant

Two appliances from Banchory, a water carrier from Stonehaven and the forestry unit from Ballater all attended the scene.

Crews used two main jets, two hose reel jets, fire beaters, knapsack sprayers and a high pressure lance on board the forestry unit (all-terrain vehicle) to extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control by 5.05pm.

Crews remained at the scene damping down until 7.30pm.

SFRS and Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) have been warning the public about the increased risk of wildfire at present and the latest wildfire forecast suggests the risk will remain high, particularly in the east of the country until at least April 19.

SFRS and SWF are reminding the public to be extra careful during this period of heightened risk and not to carelessly dispose of smoking materials, ensure BBQs are properly extinguished and try to avoid setting campfires.

Chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum and Deputy Assistant Chief Officer for the North Service Delivery Area, Andy Coueslant, said: “We are within what has traditionally been known as wildfire season and we are looking to raise awareness and reduce the number of wildfire incidents across the country.

“Information and advice is readily available about preventing countryside fires, such as the Muirburn Code and Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

“We want people to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire and we are urging communities, tourists and visitors to be aware of the heightened risk of wildfire at this time of year.

“SFRS want people to act responsibly in a countryside environment, such as properly disposing of smoking materials to prevent these fires happening in the first place.”