Firefighters battle 'miles-long' wildfire near Inverness for third day

Local residents are urged to remain indoors and keep their windows closed to prevent smoke inhalation.

Firefighters are continuing to battle a massive wildfire near Inverness that broke out over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to Daviot, south of the city, on Saturday at around 2.45pm.

Six fire engines arrived at the scene to tackle the blaze, which reportedly stretched for miles.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said two trucks are continuing to extinguish the fire and prevent further spread.

Local residents are advised to remain indoors, keep windows and doors closed and avoid the area.

The fire started near a caravan park on Saturday morning during what was the hottest day of the year so far in Scotland.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.

Temperatures soared as high as 26.7C in Auchincruive in South Ayrshire and 23C in Inverness.

The Daviot fire follows one near Cannich in the Highlands, which began on May 28 and is believed to be one of the largest in the UK.

Firefighters said the total area covered by the Cannich fire was about 30 square miles.

Another wildfire started on the Campsie Fells to the north of Glasgow.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 2.45pm on Saturday, June 10 to reports of a fire in the open at Daviot, south of Inverness.

“At its height six appliances and specialist resources were fighting the wildfire.

“As of Monday, June 11 at 8am, two appliances remain on scene working to extinguish the fire and prevent further fire spread.”

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