Combine harvester fire in Edzell

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called at around 8.02 p.m. on Monday, August 19, to respond to reports of a combine harvester on fire.

Two appliances from Brechin were called to a remote dirt track at Westside, Edzell to tackle the fire which was well alight upon their arrival.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hosereel jets to extinguish the fire as well as a thermal imaging camera. Due to the remote location of the fire, crews also had to ferry water into the scene from a mile away.

After extinguishing the fire crews spent some time dampening down before finally leaving the scene at around 10.40 p.m. They also had to use lighting due to the darkness.

Station manager at Dundee West and duty officer, Mark Crush, said: “A combine harvester is a very complex and large piece of machinery and there are many risks when dealing with a fire involving one due to the many mechanical components and risk of projectile hazards.

“Firefighters were faced with a fire which was well alight upon arrival and there is always a risk when fire is affecting things like hydraulics and tyres. The team also faced thick smoke and were required to use breathing apparatus.

“As the machine was on a very small dirt track access was also difficult and firefighters had to enter the field and faced difficult underfoot conditions to deal with the situation.

“One engine travelled about a mile to the nearest hydrant and ferried water back to the second appliance. By doing that we were able to continue to fight the fire by ensuring a constant flow of water.”