Tattie box fire threatens to bake farm at Gardenstown

Fraserburgh Fire Station.
Fraserburgh Fire Station.

Six fire engines were required to attend at a fire at a remote farm near Gardenstown at around 6:10pm last week.

The crews were called to the scene on Wednesday, August 14, when a fire which was intended to burn a number of potato boxes got out of control and threatened to spread to neighbouring fields.

Fire engines attended from Banff, MacDuff, Turriff, Portsoy, Fraserburgh and Maud. Also in attendance were water carriers from Buckie and Turriff and a Forestry Pod from Inverurie.

Firefighters used one jet, one hosereel jet, three ground monitors, four sets of breathing apparatus and two light, portable pumps to bring the blaze under control and prevent it from spreading to the neighbouring fields.

The last firefighters left the scene at 10:50pm after they had dampened the area
down.

No one was injured and there was no damage to any other property. Around 7000 potato boxes were destroyed by fire.

Incident Commander, Anna Rogers, said: “If you are planning a controlled burning there are a number of steps you should follow to stay safe, minimise risk and disruption to neighbours and nearby property.

“Never leave a fire unattended, or burn close to buildings, be aware of wind direction and prevailing conditions (both very dry weather and very windy weather can bring additional risks).

“If a fire gets out of control contact the fire and rescue service immediately using 999 giving details of location and access to the site. Stay well back and await the arrival of firefighters, never try to tackle the blaze yourself.

“Always ensure the fire is completely out before you leave it and check again the next day to ensure it has not reignited.”

Operations Control often receive calls from concerned residents about controlled burning and bonfires.

If you plan to carry out controlled burning you can make your local Fire Control Room aware to reduce the likelihood of unwanted fire call outs. The number to call is 01224 633768 (24 hours).