SFRS issue warning while crews are called to battle two wildfires in Benbecula and Lewis.

Just as Scottish Fire and Rescue Service issue a ‘red’ warning over the possibility of wildfires across the Western Isles, they’re now fighting two of them!

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 11:39 am
Firefighters are asking people to be cautious.

The service issued the warning yesterday, saying: “An ‘extreme’ risk of wildfire is in place across coastal and island areas of western Scotland until Friday.”

Despite freezing temperatures and snow in large parts of eastern and central parts of the country this week, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Area Commander Bruce Farquharson has stressed that parts of Scotland’s countryside still remain “vulnerable” to fire.

People who live within or who may enter any rural environments have been warned to exercise caution.

And just as the warning was issued firefighters on the Western Isles were called to battle blazes in both Benbecula and Lewis.

A spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 3.30pm on Wednesday, February 10 to reports of a wildfire at Market Stance, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula.

“Operations Control mobilised three appliances to the scene.

“The fire reached approximately 1,000 metres and has been scaled back to around 80 metres. Crews currently remain in attendance, and there are no reported casualties.

"Meanwhile, We were also alerted at 6.32am on February 11 to reports of a fire at Horsacleit on the Isle of Harris.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances to the scene of a fire approximately one mile wide. Crews currently remain in attendance.”