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Emergency Services battle large scale fire for more than 12 hours

FIRE FIGHTERS have been tackling a large scale blaze in Ayrshire for more than 12 hours now.

Loch Doon Fire
Credit: Bobby McGaffney

Crews raced to the scene at around 7pm last night (Saturday 13th, April 2019) after receiving calls of a forest fire near Loch Doon, Dalmellington in East Ayrshire.

It's currently not officially established what caused the fire, but un-confirmed reports say it was deliberate.

Emergency Services are still in attendance today trying to get the blaze under control.

The Scottish Fire & Rescue advised nearby locals to close all windows.

A statement from the Scottish Fire & Rescue said:

"Crews remain at the scene of a forest fire at Loch Doon, Dalmellington in Ayrshire after the call came in at 6.50pm on Saturday, April 13.

"Operations Control mobilised three fire engines to the forest at Loch Doon, Dalmellington where firefighters continued to monitor overnight and to manage any potential spread.

"The public have been advised to stay away from the area and nearby residents should keep their windows closed.

"Crews are working alongside the Forestry Commission and Police Scotland and will remain on scene until the area is made safe.

"A rest and welfare facility has been established in the community centre in Dalmellington for any local residents affected by the fire."

A statement from Police Scotland said:

"Emergency Services continue to deal with a large wildfire in the area of Loch Doon, near Dalmellington.

"Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area as officers from SFR work to contain the fire."


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