BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Tuesday May 03 2011 07:05 GMT

Wild fires rage across UK after hot weather

A general view of heath fires in Kintail, Scotland

Firefighters across the UK are tackling countryside blazes brought on by the hot weather.

Six people and a dog have been airlifted from the Torridon mountains as wild fires swept across the Highlands in Scotland.

In Northern Ireland the fire service said it had dealt with nearly 200 gorse fires on Sunday, including blazes with 12m-high flames in the Mournes area.

Large moorland fires have also raged in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

About 150 firefighters have been tackling the huge fire at Torridon, in Wester Ross, where a helicopter was used to drop water on the flames. The blaze is now said to be under control.

It was one of at least 29 wild fires across the north-west Highlands over the weekend.

Fires broke out on Anglezarke Moor and Wheeton Moor in Lancashire on Friday

Firefighters have spent a fourth day tackling three large moorland fires in Lancashire, each spread across several square kilometres.

About 50 firefighters have been using beaters and spraying water on the flames and smouldering ground at Belmont, Bacup and Ormskirk.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said the situation was "exceptional" and due to the spell of dry weather and high winds.