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Helicopter tackles hill fire on Orkney island of Hoy

Cliffs at Rackwick [Pic: Undiscovered Scotland]
The fire is at the north end of the Rackwick Valley

A helicopter was brought in to fight a serious hill fire on the Orkney island of Hoy that was threatening an important area of forestry.

Fire crews from the island and the mainland were tackling a three-quarters of a mile fire front at the north end of the Rackwick Valley.

The blaze, which started on Sunday, was encroaching on Berriedale, a piece of native woodland.

A helicopter was called in water-bomb the area.

'Utter tragedy'

Jenny Taylor, of the Orkney Woodland Project, told the BBC Scotland news website: "Berriedale is the most northerly piece of remnant native woodland in the British isles and Orkney's largest and most complete piece of native woodland.

"It is an incredibly rich habitat and a really beautiful place and would be impossible to restore to its current state. It would be an utter tragedy if this were destroyed."

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