Grass fire directed away from homes

Grass fire directed away from homes

09 April 2013

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Scotland — Fire crews have worked through the night to protect homes from a large grass fire.

Firefighters on the Isle of Mull said they have successfully directed a heathland blaze on the Glenforsa estate away from properties.

Dry conditions led to the fire spreading across an area about two miles wide on Monday.

The flames are being fought by teams from Tobermory, Salen, Craignure and Lochaline community fire stations, helped by a helicopter crew from Forestry Commission Scotland.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “This tireless work resulted in the fire being directed away from the dwelling houses in Salen.

“Local communities should note that there is no risk to properties or to the public.”

The blaze is the latest in a series of recent wildfires in the Highlands, with about 200 reported in the past fortnight.

Last week, firefighters worked through the night to bring under control a huge grassland blaze near Fort William.

Crews also worked round the clock to douse flames spreading across grassland in Achmore, near Kyle of Lochalsh. They were helped by two helicopters dropping large volumes of water directly onto the fire.

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