Heather fire closes road

A LARGE heather fire forced the closure of a main road in the Highlands yesterday.

The A832 Achnasheen to Gorston route in Wester Ross had to shut while firefighters tackled the blaze, which was discovered shortly before noon at Lochluichart.

A helicopter was brought in to fight the fire while firefighters from Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service tackled the inferno with the help of a team of fire-beaters from the Forestry Commission.

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The fire was eventually extinguished and the road reopened to traffic.