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Firefighters extinguish wildfire in Banff after battling flames for nearly 12 hours

The wildfire has been ongoing since around 2am this morning. Supplied by JASPERIMAGE.
The wildfire has been ongoing since around 2am this morning. Supplied by JASPERIMAGE.

Fire crews have successfully extinguished a wildfire in Banff after flames blazed for nearly 12 hours.

The gorse fire near Banff Bridge was ongoing since 2am on Monday morning.

Residents in the area were being urged to keep their windows closed after the large  wildfire caused high volumes of smoke in the area.

Six appliances attended the scene and Union Road in Macduff has also been closed.

Two appliances from Banff and Macduff were first on the scene. They arrived around 2.15am.

A fire spokesman said “a large plume of smoke” could reportedly be seen over Banff early on Monday morning.

The wildfire had a fire front of around 980ft by 330ft near Banff Bridge.

Six appliances were in attendance as well as a height appliance, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and police.

Road Closure – Union Road, MacDuff, AberdeenshirePolice Scotland would like to advise motorists that Union Road,…

Posted by North East Police Division on Sunday, 15 May 2022

Police announced earlier Union Road is closed in Macduff from its junction with Banff Bridge and the A98. This is reportedly in connection with the wildfire.

Diversions were also in place along the A947 and Duff Street in MacDuff.

Officers at the scene carried out traffic management and nine appliances were in attendance.

SSE were also at the scene due to the presence of several power lines near the site of the wildfire.

The stop message was received around 1.15pm. However, fire crews will remain on the scene for a while to ensure the area is safe.

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