Crews in Inverness have brought a wildfire behind Milton of Leys under control

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Appliances from the city were joined by one of SFRS's all-terrain vehicles at the scene on the hill above Inveness

Milton Of Leys

Pic taken by SFRS earlier this afternoon looking back towards Inverness from the hill

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has brought a wildfire with multiple seats of fire under control on the hill above Milton of Leys in Inverness.

The fire, which was affecting a large area of grass and gorse, was reported at 1.05pm this afternoon (24 April 2015). Two appliances from Inverness and the all-terrain vehicle were sent to the scene in the area behind Redwood Crescent.

Crews dealt with the fire using knapsack sprayers and fire beaters and the incident.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging tourists and communities to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire and help reduce the number of wildfires by thinking about their actions whilst within rural environment.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has attended a number of wildfire incidents around Inverness this week already.

It is the time of year when the risk of wildfire is at its highest and SFRS is already working closely with land managers and appealing to tourists and communities to help reduce the number fires in a bid to protect the countryside and its residents.

The demand on SFRS and land manager resources during wildfire season can be significant and it is hoped that raised awareness will help reduce that demand.

SFRS and Scottish Wildfire Forum are reminding the public to be extra careful during this period of heightened risk and not to carelessly dispose of smoking materials, ensure BBQs are properly extinguished and try to avoid setting campfires.

The public are urged to call 999 if they see what they believe to be a wildfire with no obvious signs of people managing it.

Further information about what you can do to prevent wildfires is available on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk

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