Last night around six Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appliances were called out to a heath fire on the edge of Hopeman, the latest in a series of such incidents in recent weeks.
Local resident Steve Truluck reported the drama at the Moray village at around 10.30pm on Monday, saying: “There are currently six fire engines attending the heath fire on the edge of Hopeman but the fire service are doing a great job as ever and seem to have it under control.”
Last week fire crews were called to tackle a major grass fire in Moray when a two-mile long area of grassland was ablaze on the Glenrinnes Estate near Keith. Estate workers helped fire crews bring that under control.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “During dry periods large areas of heathland, grassland and forestry can become tinder dry and so is very susceptible to catching fire.
“These fires can start in a number of ways – it could be a carelessly discarded cigarette or smoking materials or a bonfire or barbecue being little by picnickers enjoying a day out in the warm weather.
“We always ask that people take greater care during periods such as this and if they come upon a fire then please contact us providing as much detail as possible.”