Crews battle moss fire in Blackburn

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Crews from Livingston, Bathgate, Whitburn, Sighthill and Bo’ness attended the incident at Blackburn.


More than 30 firefighters battled a moss fire south of the M8 motorway at Blackburn West Lothian.

The fire was reported to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) just after 1pm yesterday (24 April) and an appliance from Bathgate was sent to the location.

Due to the size and rapid spread of the fire this appliance was supported by further appliances from throughout West Lothian.

The SFRS crews were able to attack the flames using beaters and backpack sprayers.

SFRS Incident Commander Davy Young said “The fire was tackled in four sectors with the crews doing an excellent job to check the fire spread.”

“The main seat of fire spread into trees. The fire was brought under control just after 4pm and the crews remained on site dealing with remaining hot spots ensuring it was fully extinguished.”

He continued “The recent dry weather has heightened the risk of outdoor fires in areas of grass, woodland and gorse. We would urge communities, tourists and visitors to be aware of the increased risk of wildfire at this time and make sure that they act responsibly in a countryside environment”

People visiting the countryside can find more information on how to act responsibly and help prevent wildfires by visiting our website

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


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