Published: 14/03/2017 16:25 - Updated: 14/03/2017 16:41

Lossie fire extinguished



A LARGE gorse fire near Lossiemouth has been brought under control without any injuries or damage to property.

The Avora café and Silver Sands caravan site have now re-opened after 26 people were evacuated from the latter.

Up to 10 fire engines were at the scene at the height of the fire, with the first arriving at about 11am.

A five mile stretch of road between Hopeman and Lossiemouth was cordoned off by the police, but the road closures have now been lifted.

Fire crews are currently remaining on site to "dampen down" the area and make sure the blaze does not reignite.

A Moray Council spokesman said: "The rest centre established at Lossie High School will remain open until caravan site residents are content to return to their homes.

"Taxis were provided by Moray Council to ferry residents back as required."

A strong westerly wind was blowing dark grey smoke over Lossiemouth during the morning. However the wind changed and it mostly began to travel out to sea.

Moray Council’s director of education and social work, Laurence Findlay, was the Emergency Duty Officer for this incident. He praised the rapid response of all agencies.

He said: "Thanks to the speedy response by fire and rescue teams – including tenders from nearby Gordonstoun School - there was no property damage and no injuries.

"Our response plans are well-rehearsed. They provided all that was needed to ensure comfort and safety to residents and support to the blue-light services for road closures."

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