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  • 2 April 2013, 10:05

Fort William Fire 'Under Control': Homes Safe

A wild fire stretching three miles has consumed land close to homes in the Highlands.

Around 45 firefighters battled the blaze north of Fort William throughout the night to bring it under control.

First reported on Monday evening, the fire started on grassland and heath north of the B8004 road.

Although wind was blowing smoke in the direction of residential properties, no buildings were on fire or had to be evacuated.

Ross, Skye and Lochaber Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy said he had "never witnessed anything" on the scale of the fire.

"If the initial reports are confirmed, then it is miraculous that there was no significant loss of property, far less worse," he said.

"The spate of such fires recently across the Highlands acts as a timely warning to us all. But most of all it makes us all profoundly grateful for the professional expertise and courage of our firefighters and the other emergency services. We are indebted to them all."

Some firefighters are still monitoring the scene, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said.