Fire crews and volunteers battle moor fire

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FIREFIGHTERS battled to contain a large moor fire on South Uist yesterday.

Fire engines from both Benbecula and Lochboisdale were called to the scene and were joined by Storas Uibhist estate workers and local volunteers in an attempt to contain the blaze at Ludag at the southern tip of the island.

Unlike other parts of the west coast, the Outer Hebrides have avoided the recent snow and there has been little or no rain in the area for almost 
two weeks leaving the ground and heather bone dry.

Firefighters struggled to contain the fire which swept across many acres of hillside from the morning, fanned by a south easterly breeze.

Earlier this week, fire crews tackled a serious blaze was at Strontian on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, where flames two miles across were encroaching on the nearby village.