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Helicopter drafted in to waterbomb wildfire at Kyle of Lochalsh

Helicopter dousing the wildfire at Kyle of Lochalsh. Supplied by Spean Bridge CRU
Helicopter dousing the wildfire at Kyle of Lochalsh. Supplied by Spean Bridge CRU

A helicopter has been drafted in to assist with a wildfire north of Kyle of Lochalsh that has been ongoing for over 24 hours.

The helicopter arrived this morning to assist firefighters who have been battling the blaze since 10.20am yesterday.

The wildfire broke out on a large patch of heather and is now around three miles long.

Video footage shared on social media shows the moment the helicopter drops water on the flames, which had taken hold of dry heather and grass in the area.

The helicopter is still on the scene dousing the flames alongside crews on the ground who are using hose reel jets, beaters and backpack sprayers to bring the blaze under control.

A fire spokeswoman commented that the helicopter is “making good progress”.

Four appliances attended from Broadford, Glenelg, Portree and Dunvegan alongside two volunteer units from Spean Bridge and Cromarty.

Wildfire near Kyle of Lochalsh lights up the sky in the night.
The wildfire was still raging at 3am as crews remained on the scene to keep watch until daylight. Supplied by Lochalsh South West Ross Community Fire Station.

It is understood that the fire is contained to the area and should not affect nearby housing or motorists.

A fire spokesman confirmed that all appliances left the scene at around 8.40pm. Crews are expected to return to ensure the fire has not reignited.

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