Saturday, December 07, 2019
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Drivers on the Isle of Skye faced delays as fire fighters tackled an out of control heath fire.

Heavy smoke caused driving difficulties which led police to put in place traffic management as the blaze was tackled close to the A87, three miles south of Portree on Wednesday 1 June.  

The Fire Service were called out shortly before 2pm and it was over six hours later that the fierce fire, affecting around 30 acres of heathland, grass, gorse and heather, was finally extinguished. Initially, fire crews were called from Portree with additional firefighters required from Dunvegan, Broadford and Kyle. Over the following hours relief crews were brought in from Uig, Staffin and as far away as Lochcarron.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said:  "SFRS works closely with land managers and communities to reduce the number of wildfires in a bid to protect the countryside and its residents from the incidents, which tie-up emergency resources and can cause significant environmental and economic damage.

Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific interest can all be devastated by the fires, as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.

The public can help prevent wildfires by making sure they dispose of litter and smoking materials carefully while in rural areas.

Further advice and information is available from SFRS by visiting its website,, where people can also find links to both the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the Muirburn Code."






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