South Scotland

Crews tackle grass fires in Dumfries and Galloway

Firefighters in Dumfries and Galloway have been battling a spate of grass fires across the region.

It comes as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned of "tinder dry" conditions in the countryside.

The most serious incident was at Holm Hill at Carsphairn where muir burning spread out of control.

Another of the fires, on wasteland at St Teresa's Crescent in the Lochside area of Dumfries, is thought to have been started deliberately.

The alarm was raised about the Holm Hill blaze at about 16:00 on Thursday.

About 30 firefighters and estate workers using beaters battled the flames for more than five hours.

There were other smaller grass fires at Waterbeck near Lockerbie, and near the A75 Euroroute at Kirkcowan.

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