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Firefighters tackle Arthur's Seat blaze

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Dozens of firefighters have battled through the night to extinguish a large gorse fire on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

The fire engulfed about 800 square metres of gorse on the Salisbury Crags.

Arthur's Seat fire Image copyright PA

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they had received 197 calls between 18:30 and 20:30 on Tuesday about the blaze.

Teams were stood down at about 02:45 on Wednesday. There were no reports of any injuries.

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Arthur's Seat fire Image copyright Andy Holbrook

The fire resulted in Queen's Drive being closed between Dynamic Earth and the Commonwealth Pool while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Arthur's Seat fire Image copyright Harry McWhirter
Arthur's seat
Image caption The effects of the fire were clearly visible on Arthur's Seat on Wednesday
Fire damage on Arthur's Seat
Image caption The fire engulfed about 800 square metres of gorse
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Two fire engines from Edinburgh went to the scene along with an all-terrain vehicle from Dunblane.

Meanwhile, fire crews have been tackling a huge blaze on moorland in West Yorkshire.

The fire, described by one witness as "apocalyptic", covers about 1.5 sq km of land near Marsden.

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