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Fire crews control wildfire in Scottish Highlands

Wildfires spread across Banavie, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: @Charlie_Fink

A massive blaze that spread across miles of grassland in Banavie in the Scottish Highlands has been brought under control by firefighters.

The uncontrolled blaze was one of the worst of almost 100 wildfires reported to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service yesterday, stretching around three miles across the area north of Fort William.

Lib Dem MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Charles Kennedy said: "I have never witnessed anything quite on the scale of yesterday's massive hill fire above Banavie and Corpach. If the initial reports are confirmed, then it is miraculous that there was no significant loss of property, far less worse.

"The spate of such fires recently across the Highlands acts as a timely warning to us all. But most of all it makes us all profoundly grateful for the professional expertise and courage of our firefighters and the other emergency services. We are indebted to them all."