Crews tackle wildfires through the night on two Scottish islands


Crews have been tackling a number of wildfires through the night across two Hebridean islands.

Emergency services have been working to extinguish a three kilometre-long blaze at Portree, Skye, since around 7.40pm on Saturday.

(Bernhard Anderson)
(Bernhard Anderson)

They were still using knapsacks, beaters and one appliance to tackle the flames on Sunday afternoon.

No-one is reported to have been injured.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: "It looks like they are going to be there for a while."

Video of the moor fire on Barra we spent night a few hours fighting tonight

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Crews were also called to the Creachan Hill area on the remote isle of Barra after reports of a 500 x 600 metre fire at 7.38pm on Saturday.

After that blaze was extinguished, three others started periodically in the same area - with firefighters still tackling one which started at 2.05pm on Sunday.

There were no reported injuries throughout those blazes either.