Environmental incident: SEISS reports (fire and wildfires)

09 June 2020

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

  • On 1 June 2020, the BBC reported that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) dealt with a fire at a plastics recycling centre in Shawhead, near Dumfries, on 31 May 2020. At its peak, up to 45 SFRS crew members and nine appliances were in attendance. There were no reports of any injuries and three appliances remained on site the following morning for damping down. At the height of the blaze, dark clouds of smoke could be seen for miles around the local area. The recycling plant uses waste plastic to make a host of products including agricultural equipment such as sheep pens and lambing shelters. 
  • On 29 May 2020, the BBC reported that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were dealing with a number of wildfires across Scotland. One of these incidents, in Eastfields, Fauldhouse, West Lothian, covered an area of 100 square metres. SFRS crews also dealt with a 30 square metre fire on heath land between Armadale and Bathgate, also in West Lothian, while a blaze covering an area of 600 by 300 metres was reported in Coalburn, South Lanarkshire.

More detailed information can be found on the SEISS website.