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Firefighters tackle grass blaze at Mar Lodge Estate near Braemar

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Image caption Firefighters were called to the scene on Wednesday afternoon

Dozens of firefighters tackled a major grass blaze in the Mar Lodge Estate area near Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

Crews were called to the Derry Lodge area at about 13:30 on Wednesday.

Ten fire engines and a forestry unit were called in, which saw around 65 firefighters and estate workers from the National Trust for Scotland involved.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews came from as far afield as Dundee to assist.

Area manager Duncan Smith said: "Our firefighters, working tirelessly alongside local estate workers, did a magnificent job to limit fire spread and the environmental impact from this incident."

BBQ warning

The exact cause of the fire is still to be determined but it is not being treated as suspicious.

SFRS wildfire project manager Garry Burnett said: "Recent warm weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires.

"Protecting the countryside from wildfires demands that everyone recognises the risk and takes responsibility for preventing fires breaking out in the countryside and areas of grassland.

"Simple measures such as making sure smoking materials are always properly disposed of and only having BBQs or campfires in safe places can help protect the countryside from potentially devastating wildfires."

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