Huge bushfire tears over the Scottish hills at night as firefighters spend seven hours tackling the blaze
- Crews rushed to the fire in Oban, Argyll and Bute at 3:32 PM yesterday
- Addressed the fire at night before it was completely extinguished at 9am this morning
- Four fire engines arrived on the scene as the smoke spread over the resort
- Conditions were soon considered too treacherous for the crew’s work when night fell
- Crews quit completely at 9 a.m., the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said
Firefighters fought for seven hours against a huge grass fire that broke out over a Scottish hill during the night.
Crews rushed to the fire in Oban, Argyll and Bute at 3:32 PM yesterday.
They tackled the blazing fire at night – with the sky lit up with fiery red plumes – before it was completely out at 9am this morning.
Four fire trucks were present while smoke was peaking above the resort.
As night fell, conditions were soon deemed too treacherous for crews to continue working after dark.
Firefighters spent seven hours fighting a huge grass fire (pictured) that broke out over a Scottish hill at night
Crews rushed to the fire (photo) in Oban, in Argyll and Bute, yesterday at 3:32 PM
They carried out two checks on the path of the fire in the early hours of the morning, before the crew completely withdrew at nine in the morning, a spokesman for the Scottish fire and rescue service confirmed.
Horrified locals shared photos and videos of the fire on social media.
A Twitter user shared an image of the billowing smoke, writing, “I just got this from my backyard, there’s still a fire raging in the back of the tower, now make that for about seven hours or so.”
Another wrote: ‘Wildfire in Oban tonight next to McCaigs tower. Not good to see.
They tackled the blazing fire at night (pictured in the evening) – while the sky was lit with fiery red plumes – before it was completely out at 9am this morning
“Scottish fire and rescue services are doing their best.”
In a statement last night, the service said The sun: “We attended a grass fire near Longsdale Crescent in Oban. The first call came in at 3:32 PM.
‘We had four devices and at the moment the devices have left the hill because of the darkness.
“The fire keeps burning and we come back to the first light.”