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Wildfire re-ignites in Durness


By Staff Reporter


Firefighters had to return yesterday to battle a huge wildfire in "tinderbox" conditions in Durness.

The fire raged throughout Saturday night before re-igniting at noon yesterday. Picture: Kevin Arrowsmith Photography.
The fire raged throughout Saturday night before re-igniting at noon yesterday. Picture: Kevin Arrowsmith Photography.

Exhausted crews had only finally left the scene at around 6am, after tackling the blaze for 20 hours, but had to return at about noon after the blaze re-ignited across a near two mile front.

Appliances from Durness, Scourie and Kinlochbervie were still at the scene well into the evening using beaters and knapsacks to keep the flames at bay.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said there was no danger to property but the fire was spread over a near two mile distance.

A resident in Durness said:"The village is covered in smoke. The wind seems to have changed and the fire has flared up again. It really is exceptionally dry and very dangerous conditions. The fire service have done a fantastic job, but they must be exhausted."



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