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Firefighters remain at Arthur's Seat blaze in Edinburgh

Smoke on Arthur's Seat
Image caption Firefighters were called to the scene on Sunday afternoon

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a large grass blaze on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

Two appliances remain at the scene with officers still using beaters and water packs to dampen down the fire.

It began at about 16:40 on Sunday afternoon and about 30 firefighters worked through the night to tackle the burning gorse and grass.

The fire service said it is still not safe to leave and they expect to keep working until nightfall.

Image caption Crews used beaters and water backpacks to tackle the flames

A pump remained at the site, about half a mile up the hill, throughout Sunday night to try and keep the fire under control.

It is not yet known how the fire started.

On Sunday, efforts to stop the flames were suspended after strong winds caused them to leap 20ft, a Scottish Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said.

Attempts to bring the fire on the Meadowbank side of the hill under control were later resumed.

Meanwhile, a wildfire measuring 200m by 200m broke out on Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth.

Emergency services, including the RNLI Queensferry lifeboat, were alerted to the blaze at about 19:30.

Firefighters reached the tidal island via the causeway linking it to the mainland and extinguished the flames by about 22:00

About 17 people were on the island at the time but they were not in any danger, the fire service said.

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