Local News for Monday 5th March 2018
Barra fire shows burning risk – fire service
A grass fire which ran out of control in Barra at the weekend shows the risk of burning in the current conditions, according to Western Isles fire officers. Fire crews from Castlebay and Barra airport were called out to the west side of Barra on Saturday afternoon, when a number of fires threatened the housing scheme at Cuithir. CalMac re-scheduled a ferry from Eriskay to bring a large fire appliance from Lochboisdale, together with fire crews and Coastguard volunteers from Griminish and Lochboisdale, to join Barra fire crews, coastguard and RNLI volunteers and members of the public. Scores of people worked together to bring the fire under control, but the flames continued to burn through the night, fanned by strong easterly winds. Crews were stood down at 2am on Sunday, but after only a few hours rest at the Castlebay Hotel, were called again at 5am as the blaze flared up in heather moors on Heaval, continuing to burn through Sunday. By this morning there were just a few smouldering patches under observation by fire crews.