Ten homes had to be evacuated in Kelloholm, in Dumfries and Galloway, after a grass fire came within a few feet of residents' gardens.
Many of those evacuated were people over the age of 70.
One resident described it as "an inferno" and said "it was a very frightening experience".
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Vigils have been held in the region to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.
Vigils will take place across the region tonight to remember those who fought in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.