Environmental incidents – SEISS reports (wildfires and grassfire)

30 April 2019

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The Scottish Environmental Incident Surveillance System (SEISS) recorded the following incidents in the past week: 

  • Firefighters worked through the night of 22 April 2019 to tackle a large wildfire near a wind farm in Moray. The alarm was raised just before 3pm, when flames were spotted near Paul's Hill wind farm at Knockando, south west of Elgin. About 30 firefighters attended the scene of the blaze and at its height more than 50 people were involved. The blaze covered an area of six miles by two miles. There were no reports of any casualties. The Paul's Hill wind farm, consisting of 28 turbines, is run by Fred Olsen Renewables. There was a large grass fire in the same area the previous weekend. 
  • Firefighters tackled a wildfire affecting about 75 acres of land in Lochaber. It broke out south of Kinlochleven on 21 April 2019 and was still burning the following evening. The flames were being fanned by windy conditions, and four pumps were sent to the scene. Both of these fires were reported by BBC News
  • Emergency services were called at 8.39pm on 22 April 2019 to reports of a grassfire on the Muirhead heathland in North Lanarkshire. One fire appliance was sent to the scene but subsequently another three were sent to tackle the blaze. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said the last appliance left at 10.09pm when the fire had been fully extinguished. The cause of the fire remains unknown. This fire was reported by the Evening Times.

More detailed information can be found on the SEISS website or contact either Ian Henton or Colin Ramsay at HPS on 0141 300 1100.