SFRS tackling a major wildfire near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Eight pumps and various support vehicles are currently at the scene

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Around 50 firefighters are currently tackling a major wildfire at Craigneil Hill, Rickarton Estate, near Stonehaven.

The fire, which involves burning heather and is threatening pine trees, was reported to control at 12.47pm. The fire is affecting a three quarter of a mile area, covering 10 hectares.

Eight appliances are currently in attendance, one from Inverbervie, two from Stonehaven, two from Banchory, one from Laurencekirk and two from North Anderson Drive in Aberdeen.

Also in attendance are two forestry units, a water carrier from Stonehaven, a support appliance and Incident Command Unit from Altens and the welfare pod from Huntly.

Around fifty firefighters are tackling the fire and are using fire beaters and knapsack sprayers.

This is very much an ongoing incident and we do not have any further detail at present.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging land managers, tourists and communities to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire and help reduce the number of wildfires.

Last year Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a large number of wildfire incidents across Scotland, which were successfully dealt with by thanks to a committed and sustained effort by firefighters.

We are now within wildfire season once again, when the risk of wildfire is at its highest. SFRS is keen to work with landowners, tourists and communities to help reduce the number fires in a bid to protect the countryside and its residents.

The demand on SFRS resources during wildfire season is significant and it is hoped that raised awareness will help reduce that demand.

There are a number of things land managers can do to help prevent wildfires, including strict adherence to the Muirburn Code, which applies to the controlled burning of heather within the permitted season.

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.

Many wildland fires are started deliberately or are due to careless, reckless or irresponsible behaviour. If you see someone acting suspiciously, recklessly or irresponsibly in the countryside contact Police Scotland on 101 or pass information anonymously to Scotland Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For further advice and information about wildfires and what we can all do to prevent them visit our website www.firescotland.gov.uk

Our website has a link to the Muirburn Code and there is more advice in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Stonehaven Water Carrier

Water carrier from Stonehaven

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