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Fire crews dealing with large wildfire in Moray

The blaze broke out shortly before 3pm on Monday and is stretching for several miles.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has sent a number of units to the scene (Jane Barlow/PA)
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has sent a number of units to the scene (Jane Barlow/PA)

Firefighters are tackling a large wildfire near a wind farm in Moray.

Crews were alerted to the blaze near Paul’s Hill wind farm, close to Aberlour, at 2.58pm on Monday.

The blaze is on three fronts, with one front now stretching for six miles.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said it has sent nine fire appliances and two water carriers to the scene.

Two wildfire units, a command support unit and a welfare unit have also been dispatched to the area.

A service spokesman confirmed the incident was ongoing on Monday evening, and said crews were being assisted by estate workers.

There are no reports of any casualties.

Meanwhile, fire crews have been tackling a large grass fire in the west of Scotland.

Nine fire engines were sent to the scene near Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, after the alarm was raised at around 5.30pm on Monday.

A spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service remains in attendance.”

The incidents come on the day Scotland recorded its warmest Easter Monday on record.

The mercury reached 24.2C at Kinlochewe in Wester Ross shortly after 4pm.

The SFRS has issued a warning to the public about the dangers of wildfires.

It said on Twitter: “Our crews have worked tirelessly to tackle a large number of significant wildfires across Scotland this #Easter weekend.

“There remains an extreme risk of wildfire across the country in the coming days, with temperatures remaining high and moisture levels low.

“We encourage everyone who is enjoying the countryside during this period of extreme danger to exercise caution and be aware of how easily fires can start – and spread.”

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