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21 May 2010
Helicopter water bombs Cromarty moor fire

A helicopter has been used to water bomb a large moor fire in the Highlands. Smoke from the blaze at the Sutors of Cromarty could be seen from Nairn, on the opposite shores of the Moray Firth.

The fire on gorse and heath started at about 2100 BST on Thursday, but was brought under control by firefighters. However, fire crews from Cromarty, Fortrose and Inverness were called back at 0500 BST to bring a fresh outbreak under control.

from BBC Highlands & Islands News 21/5/2010

Helicopter called in to water-bomb gorse fire at Black Isle beauty spot
Fire crews feared blaze could spread to nearby forest

A helicopter scooped up seawater from the Moray Firth to water-bomb a wildfire at a remote Black Isle beauty spot yesterday.

Fire crews spent most of the day tackling the fire in gorse bushes at South Sutor, near Cromarty. They extinguished the flames twice, only for the fire to restart.  Read more

from Press & Journal (article by Jane Candlish, photo of firefighters by Sandy McCook) 22/5/2010