SFRS currently dealing with a large wildfire at St Combs, Aberdeenshire

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Six pumps have been joined at the scene of the fire by support vehicles from across the North service delivery area

Firefighters Wildfire

Six fire appliances and fire ground support vehicles are currently at the scene of a large wildfire in the St Combs area of Aberdeenshire.

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 1.13pm this afternoon (27 June 2014).

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

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

Firefighters are still working hard to bring the fire under control, although their task is being made very difficult due to strong winds which are fanning the fire. There is no risk to the public or property at this time.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is liaising closely with members of the RSPB.

SFRS Wildfire Project Manager Garry Burnett, who is at the scene, said: "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.

He continued: "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."

Many people will be enjoying the countryside at this time of year and SFRS wants to ensure everyone bears safety in mind and is aware of their responsibilities.

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."

People visiting the countryside can find more information on how to act responsibly and help prevent wildfires by checking out the Scottish Outdoor Access Code 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service want everyone 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.

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