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Fire Crews Battle Blazes in Sutherland

May 4 2011

Firefighters have warned of a continuing "severe" risk of grass fires after battling to bring a series of blazes under control in the Highlands.
 
Over the past week crews from Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (HIFRS) have attended 60 wildfires.
 
It is thought the fires have caused at least £100,000 worth of damage.
 
A spokesman said the largest incidents had now been contained, including a fire at Inverkirkaig where a helicopter was used to water-bomb the site.
 
Crews have also been fighting a fire near a railway line at Lochailort. ScotRail said services were unaffected.
 
And firefighters were also protecting a property from a fire at Salen, near Fort William.
 
Two appliances were sent to a fire on high ground in Kinlochleven and a large grass fire on the Sheil
 
Peninsula in Lochaber, where some properties may have been at risk.
 
Crews have brought a fire between Loch Shiel and Achnacart quarry under control.
 
Firefighters have been stood down from an incident in Torridon, the scene of large wild fire.
 
After days of battling to control the flames, using both beaters and helicopters dropping water, the worst blazes have been extinguished.
 
Homes were evacuated over the past five days and the A82 was closed briefly.
 
Source: BBC News
May 4 2011