Crews standing watch after wildfire brought under control on Wester Ross coast

© Andy Jackson/North Coast 500 WeatherA helicopter was also drafted in to waterbomb the affected area
A helicopter was also drafted in to waterbomb the affected area

Fire crews battling a wildfire near to Gairloch in Wester Ross have brought the blaze under control with two crews this morning standing watch over the area to ensure the area does not reignite.

Four crews have attended the blaze, which was first reported on Wednesday evening at 10pm, with firefighters battling tirelessly for hours to bring the fire under control.

© Andy Jackson/North Coast 500 Weather
Crews battled for extensive periods to bring the blaze under control

The incident occurred near to the A832 and the Kerry Falls power station, around four-and-a-half miles outside of Gairloch.

However, officials from Scottish and Southern Energy confirmed the plant remained unharmed yesterday.

A helicopter was drafted in to deploy water bombing techniques.

A fire service spokeswoman said: “The fire has since been extinguished with two crews, one from Gairloch and one from Aultbea, keeping watch over the area to ensure it does not reignite.”

The spokeswoman confirmed crews had departed in a staggered phase overnight as firefighters were able to curb the blaze.

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