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Firefighters extinguish large wilful gorse fire near Hopeman

Police and firefighters at the scene Image copyright Jasper Image
Image caption Road closures were put in place between Hopeman Golf Club to Gordonstoun and Lossiemouth to Silver Sands

A major gorse blaze near Hopeman in Moray is being treated as wilful fireraising.

Nine fire engines and a forestry unit were sent to the scene at Clashach quarry shortly after 15:30 on Thursday.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles and police urged people to stay away while crews tackled the flames.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said more than 40 firefighters worked "tirelessly" through the night.

Two appliances remained at the scene to monitor the area.

Police Scotland said it was being treated as wilful fireraising and appealed for witnesses.

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