Fire service attend wildfire at St Combs

St Combs beach.
St Combs beach.

Six fire appliances and fire ground support vehicles attended the scene of a large wildfire at St Combs recently.

The incident, which is located within rough grass and sand dunes by the beach, south of St Combs, was reported to Aberdeen Control at around 1.15pm on June 27.

Two pumps from Fraserburgh, one from Maud, one from Peterhead, one each from Macduff and Ellon were joined by forestry pods from Altens, Ballater and Elgin as well as the welfare pod from Huntly.

Crews faced a fire which was over a mile in width and used knapsack sprayers and fire beaters. Firefighters also used a high pressure lance to deal with the incident which is on RSPB land.

Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control but their task was made more difficult due to strong winds which fanned the fire. SFRS were liaising closely with members of the RSPB.

SFRS Wildfire Project Manager Garry Burnett, who was present at the scene, commented: “Recent warm weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires. Protecting the countryside from wildfires demands that everyone recognises the risk and takes responsibility for preventing fires breaking out in the countryside and areas of grassland.

“The dry weather at this time of year means a heightened risk of wildfire in areas of grass, heather and woodland. We want to make as many people aware of this to ensure they don’t cause a fire that could have devastating results.”

Garry added: “We would urge communities, tourists and visitors to be aware of the increased risk of wildfires at this time and make sure they act responsibly in a countryside environment.

“Simple measures such as making sure smoking materials are always properly disposed of and only having BBQs or campfires in safe places can help protect the countryside from potentially devastating wildfires.”

The SFRS wants to ensure everyone bears safety in mind and is aware of their responsibilities. More information on how to act responsibly and help prevent wildfires can be found by checking the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service want everyone to join Scotland’s Fight against Fire and are urging communities, tourists and visitors to be aware of the heightened risk of wildfire at this time of year.