Highlands & Islands

Fire crews fight major wildfire in Strathspey

Dozens of firefighters have been battling a major wildfire on land in the Highlands since Wednesday afternoon.

The moorland blaze on the Lochindorb Estate in Strathspey covered an area of 4sq km.

At the height of the blaze 40 firefighters and 40 estate staff worked to bring the flames under control.

Rain in the area has helped but firefighters remain at the scene to monitor for any further outbreaks.

The alarm was raised in a 999 call reporting that a wildfire had spread across a road in the Strathdearn area, near Nairn.

Five fire engines were sent from Grantown on Spey, Nairn and Carrbridge in the Highlands, along with an all-terrain vehicle from Elgin and a sixth fire engine from Forres in Moray.

Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott said it was a significant fire.

He said: "Teams of firefighters used hand-held beaters, specialist all-terrain vehicles and multiple lines of hose to tackle the fire from several locations.

"Our crews worked very closely with staff from seven estates in the area, who also arranged for a helicopter to deploy large volumes of water from the air."

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