NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Fire crews battle latest Moray wildfire

Fire in Dunphail area
Image caption A gorse fire at Dunphail came close to a house

Fire crews have been battling a new wildfire that has destroyed heather and woodland in Moray.

Numerous crews have been involved in the effort to put out the blaze at Johnstripe near Dunphail, south of Forres.

Helicopters have also been dropping water from the air.

Firefighters were alerted at 16:13 on Thursday after fire burnt through more than 0.8 miles (2 sq km) of heath and woodland, encroaching on local roads.

Four crews remained at the scene overnight.

The fire service has warned of a heightened risk of wildfires across Scotland until Friday due to warm and dry weather.

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Moray has been badly affected by moorland blazes in recent weeks.

A wildfire near Paul's Hill wind farm at Knockando last month was described as one of the biggest seen in the UK in many years.

Firefighters are also at the scene of a wildfire in north Sutherland.

The moorland blaze between Melvich and Strathy began on Sunday, with the blaze affecting the electricity supplies to 800 homes at one point.

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