Major wildfire 'was started deliberately'

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Firefighters were called to the scene at about 15:45 on Tuesday

A wildfire in Moray that took dozens of firefighters almost seven hours to extinguish is thought to have been started deliberately.

The fire broke out in gorse at the mouth of the River Spey near the village of Kingston on Tuesday.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service brought in six appliances and a water carrier before it was put out later that evening.

Police Scotland confirmed the blaze was now being treated as "wilful".

No-one was injured but firefighters had to contend with high winds which spread the flames.

Crews attended the site on Wednesday morning to check for potential hotspots.

Anyone who was in the area at around the time the fire started on Tuesday afternoon is asked to contact police.

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Strong winds fanned the flames during the incident
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The fire broke out in gorse at the mouth of the River Spey on the Moray Firth coast
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It was almost seven hours before the fire was extinguished

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