Firefighters tackle large wildfire south of Inverness
15 May 2017
The wildfire broke out on land between Torbreck and Essich on Sunday evening
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently tackling a wildfire on an area of land between Torbreck and Essich, south of Inverness.
A total of six appliances were mobilised after the call was received at 5.10pm on Sunday, May 14.
Crews are using beaters, knapsacks and high-powered hoses to tackle the flames which are affecting an area of two-and-a-half square kilometres.
John MacDonald, Local Senior Officer for the Highland area, highlighted the efforts of crews in tackling the large wildfire through the night.
He said: “I’d like to praise the commitment and determination of our crews when faced with this significant wildfire as they worked tirelessly and under arduous conditions.
“As well as our whole-time crews, we are also extremely grateful to our retained crews who quickly responded and supported firefighting operations which have continued through the night.
“Their responsive actions highlight just how important our retained firefighters are - particularly in rural areas - where the risk of wild and grass fires is rife at this time of year.”
He added: “We want people to enjoy the warmer weather we have been experiencing but to do so safely and responsibly to avoid the risk of wildfires, especially during periods of dry weather.
"The public can help prevent wildfires by making sure they dispose of litter and smoking materials carefully and avoid the user of open fires while in rural areas.
“It’s crucial people act safely and responsibly in rural environments and follow the countryside code.”