New gorse fire on Blackford Hill

The fire spread across Arthur's Seat. Picture: Joey Kelly
The fire spread across Arthur's Seat. Picture: Joey Kelly
2
Have your say

ANOTHER grass fire has been tackled in Edinburgh, a day after the major blaze on Arthur’s Seat.

Firefighters were called to Blackford Hill where an area of gorse caught light.

50 firefighters were fighting the blaze. Picture: Joey Kelly

50 firefighters were fighting the blaze. Picture: Joey Kelly

Crews worked with beaters and backpacks to put out the flames, having been called to bushes near the Royal Observatory at around 6pm. They left the scene at 7pm.

Meanwhile, two appliances remain on scene at Arthur’s Seat, a day after more than two dozen firefighters tackled a blaze on a stretch of gorse 200 by 100 metres long on the Meadowbank side.

Firefighters were forced to battle the blaze on foot using beaters and water backpacks after being alerted to the incident about 4.35pm. The fire started on the Meadowbank side of Holyrood Park, about halfway up Arthur’s Seat.

Alert

The service’s control centre had received 77 calls from members of the public about the fire within an hour of the initial alert. Smoke from the hilltop blaze could be seen across much of Edinburgh.