Six en­gines tackle glen blaze

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times -

CHARRED re­mains and melted be­long­ings were all that were left af­ter a fire broke out at a camp­site in Glen Etive over the weekend, writes El­lie Forbes.

It is thought a wild­fire started in the Lochan Urr area of Glen Etive on Sun­day May 7. The fire was still go­ing at 4pm on Mon­day with fire­fight­ers on scene try­ing to get it un­der con­trol.

Mark Shone, a stalker at Glen Etive Es­tate, told the Lochaber

Times: ‘ Two campers had lit a camp fire in the area and it has just taken off be­cause of the dry weather and a bit of wind. They have ob­vi­ously just taken off and aban­doned ship with­out rais­ing the alarm.

‘Af­ter the fire was put out you could see all that was left was a melted tent, cook­ing pot and a mo­bile phone.

‘ We don’t think it was set de­lib­er­ately but a bit of com­mon sense wouldn’t have gone amiss.

‘ There is a sign about 100m from where they camped say­ing don’t light fires in this area.’

Mark said his ad­vice to campers at this time of year would be do not light fires, adding: ‘ When you’re on the hills where there is a lot of grass, fires can spread so quickly, es­pe­cially if they get a bit of wind be­hind them. Even dis­pos­able bar­be­cues can be dan­ger­ous at this time of year.’

For more on this story, turn to page three.

Pho­to­graph: Dave Thomas.

The fire broke out on Sun­day morn­ing and caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age in the area.

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