Wildfire raged over Galloway

editorial image

Firefighters have battled for over a day to contain a massive wildfire burning in the Dumfries and Galloway countryside.

Efforts to bring the blaze under control began shortly after 4pm on Sunday.

Nine fire engines and around 45 firefighters were on scene at the height of the incident, near Kirkcowan, with a further 25 forestry commission personnel assisting in the operation.

A tactical water drop from a helicopter was called-in to support ground-based teams using backpacks and hand-held beaters to knock down the flames.

The fire was brought largely under control by 3pm on Monday.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and forestry commission personnel are likely to remain at the scene for some time as efforts continue to ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

Station Manager Keith Murray said: “This was a complex and physically demanding firefighting operation that required a co-ordinated approach over a very wide area.

“Our teams faced three large fire fronts as well as isolated pockets of burning grass and woodland. A wildfire is inherently unpredictable and they also had to work on terrain that was difficult to access and in blistering heat for a prolonged period of time.

“The professionalism of our firefighters and our forestry commission colleagues was absolutely essential to ensuring this incident was safely brought under control.”