Highlands & Islands

Wildfires burn in the Highlands near Kinbrace and Auckengill

Auckengill fire Image copyright Liam Miller
Image caption Firefighters were sent to a wildfire near Auckengill in the Highlands

Firefighters are tackling a forest fire in the Highlands near the village of Kinbrace, Sutherland.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze, which had taken hold of a large section of heather, at about 11:20 on Sunday.

Crews remain on the scene, after working through the night to control the fire.

Later in the day they tackled a second wildfire near Auckengill, which is close to John O'Groats.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said two appliances were sent to tackle the first fire, and firefighters were working to ensure the area was safe.

Four appliances were sent to the Auckengill fire, which was described as "large", after the alarm was raised at about 23:00 on Sunday.

In Ayrshire, a forest fire has been burning since Saturday evening with at least five miles of hillside affected.

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