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Fire crews and locals battle huge wildfire near Kishorn


By Alasdair Fraser

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wildfire at Kishorn
wildfire at Kishorn

FIRE crews are still battling to bring under control a huge wildfire that blazed through the night near Kishorn.

Six fire units from neighbouring villages, including two from Inverness, attended after the alarm was raised late yesterday afternoon.

Worried residents also joined in the mass effort to contain the fire, while others posted social media pictures showing the hillside alight with flames.

wildfire at Kishorn
wildfire at Kishorn
wildfire at Kishorn
wildfire at Kishorn

A Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 4.20pm yesterday and it is still ongoing - we’ve been there all night.

“At the moment we have two appliances there from Inverness, including the wildfire unit, and pumps from Kyle of Lochalsh, Torridon, Applecross and Lochcarron.

“It is a large fire and the priority is safeguarding human life and property."

Last night a post on Kishorn Online Facebook page read: “A huge firefighting effort has pushed the fires along from the first half of the village.

“But the second half remains very much at risk, with the fires raging not too far up the hill. It is going to be a very long night.”

wildfire at Kishorn
wildfire at Kishorn

But by this morning there was some encouragement after almost 16 hours’ effort from crews.

Another post read: “The fire is out directly behind the houses but continues to burn at Glen Mòr and up the hill towards Reraig. A large emergency response team is set up in Achintraid and fire appliances remain on scene in both Kishorn and Reraig/Ardaneaskan.”

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