Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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The wildfire was believed to have been caused by a "small piece of metal from welding."

Nearly five square miles of forestry and moorland have been destroyed in the blaze.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager, Mike Collier, revealed the cause of the fire and stated: "Wildfires can travel at incredible speed when fanned by the wind. Please be careful when out in the countryside in dry conditions."

Dunvegan community rallied to support the firefighters.  At 3am this morning (Thursday 25 April), supporters had finished serving the final hot drink for the ten fire crews who battled the blaze.

Meg Miller told Skye Times Online: "Lonmore Free Church gave a welcome place to relax for weary Fire and SSE personnel, serving hot food provided by The Old School Restaurant and the local Snack Van, as well as cold snacks provided by The Filling Station and others."

The fire also resulted in a road closure at the junction of the A850 and B866 due to thick smoke.  Police Scotland have stated that the road has reopened.  

Image One from Mike Collier.

Image two from Meg Miller.  

 

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