Renewed warning from firefighters after blaze at Aberdeen beauty spot

The aftermath at Scotstown Moor.
The aftermath at Scotstown Moor.

Firefighters were called to a large wildfire at an Aberdeen beauty spot.

The blaze happened at Scotstown Moor at around 11.20am yesterday, where an area of grass and gorse was destroyed.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Firefighters have told us it was 100 metres by 10m (in area).

“One appliance from Central was called.”

Crews used hoses and fire beaters to extinguish the flames, which were brought under control by 1pm.”

The wildfire was the latest to hit the North-east over the course of the last week.

On Friday, April 7, almost 40 firefighters battled a wildfire near Banchory.

The fire, near Elsie Farm, was thought to cover an area of more than 8,000sqm, equivalent to the size of a large football pitch.

And last Saturday 34 firefighters were called to the Wellside Wynd area of Kingswells following reports of a large grass fire.

Later that day firefighters also had to tackle a blaze at Templar Park in Maryculter.

Gordon Riddel, manager of prevention and protection for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, urged the public to be vigilant and help tackle the rise in deliberate wildfires in the North-east.

He said: “We would urge parents to ensure that their children know about and understand the potentially tragic consequences deliberate fires can have, as well as the impact for responding emergency services.

“We have attended a number of incidents recently where fires have been started deliberately.”

There was a “very real” danger, he said, of becoming trapped within wildland fires.

He added: “Sudden changes in wind direction can have an immediate effect on how a wildland fire reacts and such incidents can be extremely unpredictable.

“We will continue to work with our Police Scotland colleagues to ensure each incident is fully investigated, as much intelligence is gathered – and that perpetrators are ultimately caught.”