Environmental Incidents – SEISS reports (blue-green algae & fire)

27 August 2019

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

  • Parents and pet owners have been warned to keep their children and animals out of the water at Clatto reservoir near Dundee because of the presence of toxic blue-green algae. Despite the presence of the algae, there have been reports of dogs and children in the water. Blue green algae (BGA) blooms may appear as green or greenish-brown scum on the surface of water and can contain toxins that can be harmful for animals if ingested. This was reported by the Dundee Evening Telegraph.
  • On Sunday 25 August 2019, more than 80 firefighters worked through the night to tackle a "complex" blaze at a Woodmill High School, in Dunfermline, Fife. The fire was fought by 15 fire appliances for several hours, after the alarm was raised at about 17:05 BST on Sunday. There are no reports of injuries but Fife Council said the school would be closed and pupils should stay at home. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service asked people to avoid the area to allow access by the emergency services. This was reported by the BBC.

For more detailed information, visit the SEISS website.