New Galloway wildfire largely extinguished, but SFRS presence remains
27 April 2020
A large wildfire which spread across 15 square kilometres of countryside over five days in Dumfries and Galloway has now largely been extinguished.
At its height, more than 60 firefighters, 10 fire appliances, two helicopters and various support resources were in attendance at the incident in Mossdale, New Galloway.
Dry conditions and high winds caused the fire to spread aggressively, affecting approximately 4,000 acres / 1,500 hectares of gorse, grassland and forestry.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was first mobilised to the area at 1.15pm on Thursday, April 23, and one fire appliance remains on scene today [Monday, April 27] to monitor the area and check for any remaining hotspots.
Area Commander Craig McGoldrick, SFRS Local Senior Officer for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “First and foremost, I would like to highlight the efforts of our crews who worked tirelessly and professionally to contain and extinguish this fire.
“This incident was a notable example of the incredible speed that wildfires can travel when fanned by the wind in dry conditions.
“It also required a large amount of resources, from within Dumfries and Galloway and beyond, and we have called upon the resilience of our national service to tackle it.
“While the fire is largely extinguished, we will continue our presence in the area to monitor and deal with any remaining hotspots.”
Area Commander McGoldrick also thanked partners, emergency service colleagues and the local community for their support over recent days.
He said : “We have received invaluable support from our partners – this included two helicopters, from Skyhook and PDG, which worked alongside our crews to tackle the fire in difficult to reach areas.
“In addition, continued support and generosity of the local community has also been humbling, and our sincere thanks goes to them.”