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Horror mile-long wildfire rips across idyllic beauty spot as emergency crews battle blaze

NewsHorror mile-long wildfire rips across idyllic beauty spot as emergency crews battle blaze

Firefighters in Scotland are continuing to tackle a wildfire that has burned throughout the night.

Six fire engines remain at the scene near Daviot, a village in the Highlands around five miles from Inverness after emergency services were called on Saturday.

Police and firefighters have urged people living nearby to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke inhalation.

People living in Inverness took to social media to report being able to smell smoke overnight – with the blaze reported to cover an area around a mile long.

Duncan Macpherson, a Highland councillor for Inverness South, said firefighters were facing an “almighty challenge” on Saturday night.

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He tweeted: “The wildfire at Daviot south of Inverness stretches over a mile long between Craggie and Moy and presents an almighty challenge for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to try and contain as the wind blows the flames further across the landscape.”

Images posted by Neil Wallace on social media show large plumes of grey smoke in the sky above Meallmore Hill, near Daviot.

The fire started close to a caravan park at about 2.45pm on Saturday during what was the hottest day of the year so far in Scotland.

A temperature of 26.7C was recorded in Auchincruive in South Ayrshire and 23C in Inverness.

Meanwhile, the fire service has extended a “very high” wildfire warning which was in place until Saturday through to Monday.

The Daviot fire follows one near Cannich in the Highlands, which began on May 28 and is believed to be one of the largest in the UK.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the total area covered by that fire was about 30 square miles.

Another wildfire started on the Campsie Fells to the north of Glasgow.

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