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Dozens of firefighters attend blaze at tree plantation

Crews were called at around midnight to the wildfire at Ben Bhraggie in Sutherland

Two dozen firefighters remain in attendance after a huge wildfire broke out at a tree plantation on a Highlands hillside.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it is still at the scene of the blaze at Ben Bhraggie near Golspie in Sutherland.

Crews were first called to reports of the fire at around 12.04am on Saturday, working through the night as the blaze engulfed the main power lines for the far north of Scotland.

A total of 37 firefighters remain on the scene along with six fire engines, a wildfire unit, a four-wheel drive and an all-terrain vehicle.

Fire crews are using water bowsers, beaters and knapsack sprayers to try to bring it under control.

Wildfire Ben Bhraggie.
Jenn McEwan MacKay
Wildfire Ben Bhraggie.
Jenn McEwan MacKay

Balintore Fire Station tweeted: "A long and challenging shift with the main power lines for the far north of Scotland being engulfed by the smoke and flames.

"Great work by all involved in keeping everyone safe and well."

Images and footage posted online show flames engulfing electricity pylons and large amounts of smoke billowing for miles.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "We are working with colleagues from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and local estate staff to control a wildfire at Ben Bhraggie near to the Duke of Sutherland monument.

"As control measures are put in place there may be temporary restrictions to roads in the vicinity.

"Members of the public are requested to avoid the area until further notice whilst emergency services and estate staff control the fire."

Ben Bhraggie wildfire.
Balintore Fire Station
Ben Bhraggie wildfire.
Cathy Spearing

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