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A hill fire in South Uist on Friday afternoon (30 April) drove two families from their homes and led to power being switched off and road closure.

Police Scotland have now launched an appeal for information to establish the full circumstances surrounding the grass fire, which swept an area of grassland next to the B888 at Luidaig, neat East Kilbride in South Uist.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service first received the call to the incident around 4.30pm, and asked police teams for help at 5.25pm as it became clear that the fire was burning out of control.

Three fire appliances and a number of crews were at the scene, while police closed the B888 until the smoke hazard had cleared, allowing traffic to pass safely.

Police said that two properties were evacuated and the power supply to a number of properties was switched off as a precaution.

Police Constable Michelle Nelson said: “Fortunately no one was injured and, although two homes were evacuated, they were not damaged as the fire service managed to contain and extinguish the fire.

“Enquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen activity in the area to get the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 2622 of Friday 30 April.”