Blaze at Queen's Balmoral estate caused by 'abandoned camp fire'

Three appliances were deployed to the fire near Glen Muick on Saturday afternoon.

Blaze at Queen’s Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire caused by ‘abandoned camp fire’ Balmoral Castle via Supplied

A blaze on the grounds of the Queen’s Balmoral estate was caused by an “abandoned camp fire”.

Emergency services were called to the 50,000-acre estate in Aberdeenshire at around 3.19pm on Saturday, after receiving reports of a ground fire.

Three appliances were despatched and the blaze was brought under control, with no injuries reported.

Site rangers took to social media to praise emergency services for their quick response time, which they revealed saved a nearby osprey nest.

A spokesperson for Balmoral Castle said: “Thanks very much to the crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who extinguished this forest fire yesterday which had been started by an abandoned camp fire.

“Due to their quick response the fire did not affect a nearby osprey nest.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 3.19pm on Saturday, July 9 to reports of a ground fire within a forested area near blacksmith cottages, Glen Muick.

“Operations control immediately mobilised three fire appliances to the location and firefighters extinguished the fire.

“Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

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