Environmental incidents – SEISS reports (industrial fire & wildfires)

16 April 2019

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

• A major north-east road was closed on Saturday 13 April after a fire broke out at an industrial estate in Aberdeen. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles as fire fighters tackled the blaze on Skene Road that broke out at around 3pm.
Emergency services, including police officers and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were  in attendance and the A944 is was closed in both directions as a result. There were no reports of any injuries. STV News, 13 April 2019.

• Firefighters spent two days tackling a large forest fire in East Ayrshire. The emergency services were alerted to the blaze on a hillside at Loch Doon at about 18:50 on Saturday 13 April. At least five miles of hillside were affected and the public were asked to avoid the area.
East Ayrshire Council said that "progress" had been made and that a welfare centre was opened in the nearby town of Dalmellington. Fire crews worked in the area with support from Police Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland and are continuing to monitor the site and manage hot spot areas.
The cause of the outbreak is still under investigation but the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said recent dry weather has heightened the wildfire risk.
A number of other fires broke out over the weekend of 12-14 April, including one near Paul's Hill wind farm near Ballindalloch.  BBC News, 15 April 2019.

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