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UPDATE: Firefighters injured fighting Highland wildfire

By Neil MacPhail

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Two firefighters have been injured helping fight a Highland wildfire today. (Tue)

They were airlifted to hospital by air ambulance.

It has been reported the firefighters were injured after their vehicle, believed to be an all-terrain vehicle, overturned at the site of a wildfire near Cannich village, Inverness-shire.

One of the casualties was airlifted to hospital in Inverness and the other to Aberdeen.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) did not issue any information on how seriously they were injured.

The fire which started on Sunday past is still burning although SFRS reported making progress today.

SFRS said: "Two firefighters have sustained injuries during this incident and both have been transported to hospital via air ambulance."

The spokesperson added: "We were alerted at 12.46pm on Sunday, 28 May to reports of a fire in the open at a farm near Cannich, Beauly.

"Operations Control initially mobilised one fire appliance, increasing to nine appliances including specialist resources.

"At 5.37pm on Monday, 29 May a helicopter was brought in to water bomb the wildfire.

"As of Tuesday, 30 May we currently have five appliances on the scene, where firefighters are continuing to extinguish the fire and prevent further fire spread."

Earlier today (Tuesday) NHS Highland issued a warning about potential impacts for those in the area from the smoke form the fire.

In a post on social media the health board said: "As a result of the ongoing wildfire in the Cannich area, residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

"Smoke can irritate air passages, the skin and the eyes, leading to coughing and wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. It can also worsen existing problems such as asthma, so people should carry their inhaler with them at all times.

"Anyone concerned about their symptoms should contact NHS 24 on 111.

"Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep widows closed and switch air conditioning systems to recycle or recirculate air. Whilst we would advise residents in areas affected to stay indoors, if people need to be outdoors, they should try to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash or to limit the time that they spend in them."

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