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A moorland fire which burnt for over 12 hours was finally extinguished early this morning (Thursday 18 April).

The hill fire at Bayherivagh in Barra was first reported by local householders at 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday), when fire crews were tasked to attend and assess the situation.

Crews from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Isle of Barra station and from Barra airport fire service took two appliances and eight firefighters to the location, with beaters and hose-reel jets.

They found a fire front up to 100-metres long, with gorse, grass and heather burning, and variable gusty winds changing direction to send smoke towards nearby properties.

Firefighters were stood down at nightfall due to safety concerns on the rough terrain, but were called back at 1am this morning by householders reporting that the fire had reignited.

At 11pm SFRS issued a social media notice warning householders to keep windows closed due to dense smoke.

The fire was reported to have been completely extinguished by 6.45am today, with firefighters maintaining a watching brief to ensure there is no reignition.

Pictures of the fire by day and by night were supplied.