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UPDATE: Highland firefighters injured during wildfire 'stable and due to be released'

By Neil MacPhail

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The two firefighters injured while fighting the wildfire near Cannich, Inverness-shire were this morning due to be released from hospital.

They sustained injuries after an all-terrain vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident.

Both were transported to hospital via air ambulance helicopter – one to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and the other to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

"Both are in a stable condition and expected to be released from hospital shortly," a Scottish Fire and Rescue (SFRS) spokesperson said. "There is no further information for release at this time."

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) flew a critical care team from Aberdeen to the scene, before airlifting one of the casualties to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The other firefighter was accompanied by a specialist team in a flight by a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Around 30 firefighters from stations across the Highlands remain at the scene along with a water bombing helicopter and landowners Forestry Land Scotland and the RSPB.

They are fighting the wildfire over an 8km by 8km area although it is now being largely contained to hotspots.

The outbreak has been linked by some to wild camping in the area.

Christine Noble of Kerrow Farm, Cannich, said: "It was pretty alarming for a time and the whole area was engulfed in smoke. You couldn't see the valley.

"Luckily we took our cattle off the hill a week ago."

SFRS has been warning since last week that the risk of wildfire in parts of Scotland was "very high", amid warm, dry conditions. SFRS, Police Scotland and NHS Highland have urged people who live nearby to keep doors and windows closed because of the smoke.

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