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Firefighters called out after whins set alight at Royal Dornoch

By Ali Morrison

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club has hit out at “malicious” fire raisers who set alight whin bushes on the championship course yesterday.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were alerted in the early hours of Sunday, May 17, after fires broke out on the 3rd, 4th, 17th and 18th greens.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

It is the second such incident in less than two months and the most recent fires were close to houses.

A club representative posted on social media: “We are distraught that our vital emergency services are called out to deal with needless and malicious acts like this while the world suffers from much greater matters affecting our lives.

“The pattern was the same as before with more bushes being set alight once the fire service had stood down, necessitating them coming out again.”

“Given the proximity to the houses, then if the fires had not been spotted the consequences could have been devastating.”

The club condemned the “waste of time and resources” but said the fires would not affect the playing of holes and the bushes burned would regenerate.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said fire units from Dornoch and Tain were called out to the incident at 2.16am on May 17. Firefighters remained on the scene until just after 5am.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 and quote this incident number NE 1799/20.

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