Firefighters tackle Highlands wildfire in Dornoch

Firefighters have been tackling the three-mile long fire. Picture: PA
Firefighters have been tackling the three-mile long fire. Picture: PA
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Fire crews remain at the scene of a massive wildfire in Dornoch which has devastated acres of land over a stretch of three miles.

The blaze behind behind the water treatment works in the Highland village was tackled by dozens of firefighters overnight.

Six appliances are still at the scene carrying out firefighting operations. At its height last night there were eight pumps, the welfare unit, water carrier, incident command unit and all-terrain vehicle.

The fire was first reported at around 12.30pm yesterday.

Crews have been working tirelessly throughout the night to bring the fire under control. From first light this morning firefighters have been dealing with a three mile fire-front.

Fire chiefs said the dry conditions and strong winds have made firefighting challenging and operations continue this morning and are likely to do so for much of today.

Group Manager John MacDonald, who was Incident Commander last night, said: “We are dealing with a very protracted wildfire incident which covers a wide area and where access is difficult in places.

“I would like to pay tribute to the commitment and effort of fire crews who have been dealing with this incident.

“I’d also like to thank local residents for their assistance and support during this incident.