Firefighters extinguish wildfire on Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond wildfire
These pictures were taken by Stewart Kennedy and show the wildfire burning across an area of Ben Lomond on Tuesday.

By Lucy Adams

BBC Scotland is reporting that a wildfire that had been burning on Ben Lomond since Tuesday afternoon has been extinguished.

At the height of the incident, the fire stretched to 1km long and was blocking the Munro’s Ptarmigan path.

National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which manages the mountain in the Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, has asked visitors to avoid the site.

It said the fire had been in an area where woodland had been left to regenerate naturally.

The trust is still assessing the damage.

A spokeswoman said: “As a wee reminder to anyone planning to visit any of our hills soon, please be aware of the extremely high fire risk – no fires, naked flames, cigarettes or barbeques please.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted to the fire at 14:15 on Tuesday and two appliances were sent to the nearest roadside location to the fire at Rowardennan.

A spokesperson said: “Firefighters worked in difficult terrain and three appliances returned to the scene at 07:00 on Wednesday to continue to extinguish hotspots.”

The mountain fire was one of two major wildfires on Tuesday.

Firefighters have extinguished a fire which was burning near the A830 south of Mallaig in the Highlands.

The incidents come after the fire service issued an extreme wildfire warning for west and north east Scotland, lasting until Wednesday.

Warning levels for the rest of Scotland have been put at high to very high.

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