Highlands & Islands

Firefighters tackle huge Highlands hill blaze

Firefighters at Drumnadrochit blaze
Image caption Firefighters at the scene of the fire near Drumnadrochit

Firefighters in the Highlands have been working through the night to extinguish a hill fire near Drumnadrochit.

At its height, more than a dozen units were called to the blaze, which had spread over an area around Loch Gorm.

The fire, which is thought to be the largest grass and gorse blaze tackled by crews this year, was first reported at 1347 BST on Wednesday.

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue said there were no reports of injuries.

A spokeswoman for the brigade said the cause of the fire would be investigated.

Although the response has been scaled down, four crews remain at the scene.

On Wednesday evening, smoke from the fire drifted close to Inverness.

Meanwhile, the A835 at Craigdarroch, in Ross-shire, has fully re-open following its closure on Wednesday due to a large grass fire.

At one point the blaze reached tyres in a nearby yard.

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