Fire­fight­ers deal with blaze at new town

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

Fire­fight­ers were called out to a fire in a field in the out­skirts of In­ver­ness yes­ter­day – at the site of whatwill be the north’s new­est town.

A fire ser­vice spokes­woman said that one ap­pli­ance from In­ver­ness went to the field at Tor­na­grain, close to the A96 In­ver­nessNairn road, at about 3.45pm.

The spokes­woman said that a mo­torist trav­el­ling from El­gin to theHigh­land cap­i­tal di­alled 999 after spot­ting the flames from the road. The fire, which con­tained bun­dles of tyres and plas­tic, was 300 to 400 yards away from the lo­ca­tion where the very first houses are be­ing built at Tor­na­grain.

The first res­i­dents will move into their newhomes at the end of this month – and will even­tu­ally live in a stand­alone com­mu­nity com­plete with vil­lage green, su­per­mar­ket and bou­tique shops.

In his first news­pa­per in­ter­view about Tor­na­grain last month, de­vel­oper the Earl of Moray spoke of his vi­sion to cre­ate a true com­mu­nity for the 10,000 peo­ple­whow­ill even­tu­ally pop­u­late the de­vel­op­ment on the out­skirts of In­ver­ness.

Yes­ter­day, in a nearby field con­tain­ing what re­sem­bled a large bon­fire, a sin­gle fire ap­pli­ance could be­seen driv­ing across to ac­cess the flames at the op­po­site side – but it left within five min­utes.

A 4x4 ve­hi­cle was also driv­ing in the area, and two dig­gers ap­peared to be mov­ing some of the charred waste.

A res­i­dent of nearby Cul­blair Farm said he was un­aware of the burn­ing when con­tacted in the evening.

Ear­lier this week there was also a spate of wild­fires across the High­lands as a re­sult of dry con­di­tions.

Two wild­fires – one each at Sco­raig by Lit­tle Loch Broom and Oykel Bridge near Lairg – spread to a two-mile front at one point but were ul­ti­mately dealt with by crews.

An­other two smaller wild­fires de­vel­oped in the Portree area of Skye.

Fire­fight­ers at the scene of the blaze in a field at Tor­na­grain

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