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Huge wildfire near wind farm tackled for second day

Up to 70 firefighters remain at the scene in Moray after the alarm was raised on Easter Monday.

Firefighters have been tackling a wildfire (Jane Barlow/PA)
Firefighters have been tackling a wildfire (Jane Barlow/PA)

Up to 70 firefighters are tackling a large blaze that broke out near a wind farm on Easter Monday.

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

A total of 20 appliances were at the scene on Tuesday afternoon with 60 to 70 firefighters dealing with the incident.

The 20 appliances included nine fire engines, wildfire units and water carriers.

The wildfire is on four fronts.

Fire crews have also dealt with 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.

The blaze was extinguished by Tuesday lunchtime.

The incidents came on the day that Scotland recorded its warmest Easter Monday.

The mercury reached 24.2C (75.6F) at Kinlochewe in Wester Ross shortly after 4pm.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service 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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