Firefighters finally extinguish wildfire at Kyle of Lochalsh

Skye resident Drew McGrath captured this dramatic image of the flames from the wildfire at Kyle last evening (Wednesday). Photograph: Drew McGrath. NO F18 Kyle fire
Skye resident Drew McGrath captured this dramatic image of the flames from the wildfire at Kyle on Wednesday night. Photograph: Drew McGrath. NO F18 Kyle fire

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Firefighters have now extinguished the four-mile long wildfire that rage across land near Kyle of Lochalsh for two days this week.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spokesperson told us today (Friday): ‘We were alerted at 10.20am on Wednesday April 27 to reports of a large grass fire at Erbusaig, north of Kyle of Lochalsh.

‘Operations Control mobilised four appliances and specialist resources to the scene, where crews worked to extinguish a fire which had taken hold of a large section of gorse, heather and woodland.

‘At its peak, firefighters fought a fire front covering approximately four miles. The fire was extinguished as of 6.45am on Friday April 29. There were no casualties and firefighters are no longer at the scene.’

The wildfire came just days after the SFRS issued a warning following weeks of dry weather about the risk of wildfires and asked people to exercise caution.