Homes had to be evacuated and three teams of firefighters were callled to battle a blaze that appears to be the latest in a series of grass fires deliberately set alight in Dumfries and Galloway.
Some of the residents who were led from their homes were in their seventies, as large flames came within just a few feet of properties.
Police say the fire near Sanquhar is one of eight suspicious grass fires in the past six days.
Matthew Taylor has this report:
More top news
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.
Leo Houlding is the first person to climb the 1,200m Mirror Wall in Greenland. He battled Arctic conditions to scale it with a team of five.
DR Collin, a fish trading company based in the Scottish Borders, says delays exporting its goods via Calais are costing it thousands.