SFRS dealing with two separate wildfire incidents in Highland at present

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Crews are fighting wildfires above Dores, near Inverness and at Heights of Docharty, Dingwall

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently fighting two separate wildfires, one near Inverness and one near Dingwall.

Firefighters are still fighting a wildfire involving a large area of gorse at Kindrummond on Ashie Moor, above Dores.

The call was received at 2.55pm this afternoon (23 April 2015) and two appliances from Inverness, one from Dingwall, one from Foyers and one from Nairn are also involved.

The water carrier from Inverness and the all-terrain vehicle from Inverness have also been sent to the scene.

Crews are currently tackling the fire in two sectors and are using knapsack sprayers, fire beaters and a main jet.

The incident is very much ongoing at this time.

Crews from Dingwall and Beauly are also in attendance at a wildfire covering approximately 50 acres at Heights of Docharty, Dingwall, which was reported at 4.02pm.

Crews are using a covering jet to protect a property in the area and firefighters are also using knapsack sprayers and fire beaters to deal with the fire. 

That incident is also ongoing.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the Scottish Wildfire Forum are urging tourists and communities to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire and help reduce the number of wildfires by thinking about their actions whilst within rural environment.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has attended a number of wildfire incidents in the north this year already and are often assisted by land managers, who provide specialist firefighting equipment (including fogging units and all-terrain vehicles) and pay for helicopter support where appropriate.

It is the time of year when the risk of wildfire is at its highest and SFRS is already working closely with land managers and appealing to tourists and communities to help reduce the number fires in a bid to protect the countryside and its residents.

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

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.

The public are urged to call 999 if they see what they believe to be a wildfire with no obvious signs of people managing it.

Further information about what you can do to prevent wildfires is available on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk

 

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