View Full Version : Fires update 3

04-Jun-12, 18:53
Helicopter expected to help the firefighters in battle against blaze
THE fire at Canisbay has continued throughout the morning and late afternoon today. Strong winds and dry weather continue to hamper efforts to bring the fire under control. Since the fire started approximately 24 hours ago, 10 fire engines and 50 firefighters have been in attendance. A helicopter is due to arrive at 1700 to support firefighters efforts on the ground.
At present, four fire engines and 25 firefighters continue to fight the fire which is spread across a 2 mile front. HIFRS has dealt with this incident with fire engines and firefighters from as far afield as Invergordon and Dingwall
The fire at Killimster has also been fanned by strong winds. Again 4 fire engines and 20 firefighters are at the scene. Burning on a front of almost 2 miles, the smoke from this fire has caused a section of road to be closed, and this is being managed by Northern Constabulary.
In addition, a fire at Morar in Lochaber which started at around 12.33 this afternoon has been attended by 3 fire engines; 2 from Fort William and 1 from Acharacle. The fire has burnt approximately 40 acres of heath, and moorland.
HIFRS expects to be at the scene of all of these fires for some considerable time yet. Further information will be provided after 7pm this evening.
Billy Wilson, Deputy Assistant Chief Fire Officer has again paid tribute to the magnificent efforts of all of our firefighters, control room staff and officers.
“All of our staff have responded tremendously to the needs of our communities. Many of our firefighters have been at these incidents for many hours and a number of them, having returned for some well earned rest earlier in the day, have responded again to ensure that HIFRS continues to deliver the professional service which our communities have come to expect”
“Our control room operators have been magnificent in managing the high level of calls generated by these incidents, ensuring that sufficient fire engines and firefighters are able to attend the numerous wildfires, but also ensuring that Fire & Rescue services can be maintained across the Highlands and Islands.”

Diversion in place at Reiss

Please be advised that there are a number of wild fires ongoing in the north east Caithness area which are causing hazardous driving conditions. As a result of this
a temporary diversion has been put in place and no traffic will be permitted to travel on the A99 between Reiss and John O'Groats. Diversions are available between B876 at Hastigrow to Gills Bay, which will then take you on to John O'Groats (A836).
For further information and updates please contact Wick Police Station on 01955 603551.