Firefighters tackle large fire at Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh

20 May 2018, 20:22

One person has been injured after a large grass fire near the summit of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

Firefighters said the alarm was raised at 1.40pm on Sunday and six fire engines were sent.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "One casualty suffering from a suspected leg injury was assisted to a place of safety before they were transferred into the care of paramedics."

Paths up the hill were closed by rangers and photos shared on Twitter showed substantial plumes of smoke coming from the hill, with flames visible.

It comes after a warning from Scotland's fire chiefs that the risk of wildfires had increased in recent weeks.

On Saturday, 30 firefighters tackled a large heather fire in the Spittal area of Caithness.

Bruce Farquharson, chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, said: "Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific interest can all be devastated by these fires - as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.

"Just one heat source like a campfire ember can cause it to ignite and if the wind changes direction even the smallest fire can spread uncontrollably and devastate entire hillsides."