Discarded cigarette suspected cause of wildfire


The wildfire broke out on Fyrish HillImage copyright
Invergordon Fire Station

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The wildfire broke out on Fyrish Hill

A wildfire at a beauty spot in the Highlands may have been started by a discarded cigarette, according to firefighters.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews tackled the blaze in “difficult terrain” on Fyrish Hill on Friday.

The hill and its monument near Evanton in Easter Ross are popular with walkers.

Firefighters urged people to heed advice to exercise close to home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Invergordon Fire Station said a cigarette was the suspected cause of fire at Fyrish.

The wildfire broke out during a spell of dry weather, which is forecast to continue over the weekend.

Firefighters used beaters and water-filled knapsacks to extinguish the flames.



BBC News

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