Pentland Hills wild fire

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Firefighters spent almost nine hours tackling a wild fire in the Pentland Hills yesterday (Thursday, June 11).

The landowner raised the alarm just before noon after discovering the fire on an area of land near Glencorse Reservoir.

A crew from Penicuik attended and on arrival called for additional support. Around 25 minutes after the arrival of the crew from Sighthill, further assistance was requested and firefighters from Dalkeith and Liberton were mobilised due to the wind fanning the flames.

About an hour later a fifth appliance, from West Linton, was requested.

Crews tackling the fire, which was in an area measuring 500m of heather, tree stumps, timber and standing trees, with four lines of hose, two portable pumps and beaters. Firefighters, totalling 34 in number, were recycled throughout the indicent.

The fire, believed to have been caused by the hot weather, was under control by 8.50pm.