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Gamekeepers tackle wildfire in Angus glens

Angus gamekeepers tackling the blaze on the Invermark Estate.
Angus gamekeepers tackling the blaze on the Invermark Estate.

Angus gamekeepers battled for hours to bring a wildfire on the Angus moors under control.

It is believed the blaze was started by a discarded cigarette.

Members of the Angus Glens Moorland Group sprang into action, fearing the blaze would take hold on the Invermark Estate.

Two males were reported to be seen in the area and cigarette butts were found at the source of the blaze.

At its height 18 gamekeepers tackled the wildfire as temperatures soared into the 30s.

The fire started between 4pm and 4.30pm on Thursday and was quickly responded to by the gamekeepers in the surrounding area.

With their rapid response the fire was contained and under control quickly.

The area of hill is not particularly popular among hill walkers, although two males were spotted heading up the hill on the north side of Loch Lee.

A spokesman for the group said: “With the heat we are experiencing, this could easily reignite at any time and will need to be closely monitored.

“It has been extinguished, however with it burning into the peat it could easily ignite again with this heat and will require close observation.

“We have already dowsed the peat with over 500 litres of water.”

This afternoon eighteen #Gamekeepers in Angus battled yet another wildfire on Invermark Estate, which continued into this evening. With temperatures soaring high into the 30’s today and not much rain fall over the last few days, the hill is tinder dry! The area of hill is not common for hill walkers, although today two young lads were spotted heading up the hill on the north side of Loch Lee by staff on the estate. They were average height, aged between 18 and mid 20’s, one wearing a Celtic FC top. They were spotted again enjoying the sun with their shirts off at the top of the hill around where the fire started. The fire started roughly between 4pm and 4.30pm and was quickly responded to by the Gamekeepers in the surrounding area. With their rapid response the fire was contained and under control quickly. With the heat we are experiencing, this could easily reignite at anytime and will need to be closely monitored. A cigarette butt was found at the source of the fire. The two young men were seen driving down the glen at the back of 5 by the keepers who attended the fire. They were driving a white Ford Fiesta. This has all been reported to Police Scotland. If anyone knows this vehicle or who these men are please call police Scotland 101 with your information. #wildfire #countrysidecode #commonsense #glenesk #agmg

Posted by Angus Glens Moorland Group on Thursday, 28 June 2018

The ferocity of such fires was demonstrated this week as hundreds of fire and army personnel tackled a major wildfire on the Pennine moors.

The Angus outbreak was condemned by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service which warned of the potentially devastating consequences.

SFRS Area Manager Bruce Farquharson, chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, said: “Wild and grass fires can start by the careless disposal of cigarettes and barbecues or campfires left unattended.

“They then have the potential to burn for days and devastate vast areas of land, wildlife and threaten the welfare of nearby communities.

“Many rural and remote communities, such as those in the Highland area, are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant environmental and economic damage.

“Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific interest can all be devastated by these fires — as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.

“Just one heat source like a campfire ember can cause it to ignite and if the wind changes direction even the smallest fire can spread uncontrollably and devastate entire hillsides.”

The SFRS works closely with land managers, communities and other safety partners to prevent these incidents ever occurring.

Mr Farquharson continued: “Right now, many firefighters across Scotland are actively tackling wildfires, working to protect our communities and their efforts have to be commended.

“However, many of these fires are preventable, and we again urge people to read our safety advice, and enjoy the weather responsibly.”

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