Huge wildfire breaks out near Scottish village as emergency services rush to scene

A huge forest fire has broken out near a Scottish village this evening.

Emergency services rushed to Patna in East Ayrshire after the alarm was raised at around 8.35pm on Thursday April 21.

Fire crews rushed to the blaze, which is currently burning in an area described as “long distance” from the nearest road.

Firefighters were present, but as night fell they had to leave for fear of safety.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service told the Record it would return to the scene during the day.

Spectacular photos taken near Patna show a large orange glow in front of village houses.

Huge flames can be seen as the fire burns, with plumes of smoke rising into the sky.

It is understood the fire started in a field that we previously reported was burning with a lava-like substance flowing below.

In January, the Record told how Patna residents were told to stay away after it was declared a “serious risk to life” by a concerned father who captured the smoldering ground.



The smoldering ground was captured on the ground in Patna in January

Despite temperatures dropping below freezing earlier in the year, the field continued to burn with smoke billowing from the scorched ground.

On Thursday evening, a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed: “We attended but had to walk away from it as it is dark and unsafe.

“The fire is far from the road.

“The initial call came in at 8:36 p.m. and we’ll be back during the day.”

On Friday morning, fire chiefs confirmed officers had returned to Patna.

Within half an hour, the fire was extinguished and crews left the scene shortly thereafter.

A spokeswoman told The Record: “We returned to the scene at 6.30am on Friday.

“The fire was put out and the teams left at 7 a.m..”

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