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Dumfries hillside grass fire 'under control'

  • 3-27-2012

A major grass and heather fire at Drumburn Hill, south of Dumfries, has been reported to be under control.

Firefighters have been withdrawn from the area. At least 20 were deployed at the height of the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon.

A Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick was used to move firefighters and equipment across the remote hillside.

The flames were visible for several miles during the night.

Efforts to control the fire, which spread across a front of 1-2km, were helped by the relatively calm conditions. Wind speed was recorded at 3-5kts.

Forestry workers and landowners have been left to monitor the area overnight. Fire officers will make a fresh assessment on Wednesday morning.

Nobody was hurt in the incident but fire crews were pulled out on Monday night for their own safety before being redeployed in the morning.

The area is not a populated one but due to its elevated position and clear weather conditions, the blaze was visible as far away as Workington in Cumbria.

People living several miles away from the fire reported ash covering their cars.

Julian Gillespie contacted the BBC with his pictures of the hillside fire.

"I live nearby," he said. "It started some time (Monday) afternoon.

"Around 4pm the fire brigade arrived, I saw about six appliances."

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