Published: 11/04/2014 10:02 - Updated: 11/04/2014 10:10

Moray firefighters tackle Nairn blaze

Scottish Fire Rescue logoFIRE crews from Moray have been fighting a huge grassland blaze near Nairn.

An all-terrain vehicle from Elgin and an engine from Forres were used to bring the wildfire under control.

At its largest the fire covered four square kilometres including areas of heather and forestry.

Around 40 firefighters and 40 estate workers were involved.

The Moray crews joined colleagues from Grantown, Nairn and Carrbridge and a total of six engines attended.

A 999 call was made to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at around 4.45pm on Wednesday, alerting them that the blaze had crossed a roadway in the Glenferness area.

Assistant chief officer Robert Scott, director of service delivery in the north of Scotland and chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, said: "This was a significant wildfire that took hold over a wide area.

"Teams of firefighters used hand-held beaters, specialist all-terrain vehicles and multiple lines of hose to tackle the fire from several locations across one-and-a-half square miles.

"Our crews worked very closely with staff from seven estates in the area, who also arranged for a helicopter to deploy large volumes of water from the air.

"This incident involved whole-time, retained and community volunteer unit firefighters operating side-by-side with estate workers and demonstrated the strong partnerships that are key to protecting communities throughout the north."

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