Smoke over Falkirk - here’s what we know

Billowing smoke was seen over Falkirk and the Braes last night.

The source of the dark clouds was a blaze at Darnrigg open cast mine.

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Pictures: Michael Gillen.

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Pictures: Michael Gillen.

Our pictures show industrial tyres were on fire around 8pm with residents as far away as Kincardine reporting seeing smoke from 7.30pm

Fire services attended and the flames were extinguished. A spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 8.09pm on Thursday, June 5 to reports of a fire which had taken hold within tyres at an open cast quarry near Shieldhill, Falkirk.

“Operations Control mobilised a number of fire engines and firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no casualties.

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

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Pictures: Michael Gillen.

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Pictures: Michael Gillen.

The coal mining site was formerly run by Wm Grant Mining which went into receivership in 1997.

It’s the second large-scale tyre fire in the district in as many months. In May, plumes of smoke could be seen for miles around from a tyre fire in Airth, near the Kincardine Bridge.

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Firefighters tackled the blaze. Pictures: Michael Gillen.

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Pictures: Michael Gillen.