Forest Blazes For Two Days
Sandy Kilpatrick • Published 4 May 2011 15:10
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Picture courtesy of Forestry Commission Scotland.
A HELICOPTER was called in to water bomb a forest fire at Loch Doon for TWO days.
Ten fire appliances from seven fire stations including Cumnock and Dalmellington battled to control the ferocious inferno, a mile up the dirt track road from Loch Doon Castle.
Crews believe the blaze started in the early hours of the Friday morning. Firefighters atteneded from, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Pollock, Paisley and Dreghorn as well as the Forestry Commission while crews pumped-up water from the Loch to refill their tanks.
Aircraft from PDG Helicopters equipped 'Bambi buckets' to douse the burning woods from the air. The flames charred 200 hectares of moorland and destroyed 60 hectares of forest before they were finally extinguished on midnight on Saturday, April 30.
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This article appeared in Cumnock Chronicle 04 May 11