Severe damage averted at Kingsburgh Forest following fire

Photos by Willie Urquhart

The chair of the Kingsburgh Forest Trust has said “We have been lucky.” after the level of damage caused by a fire at the woodland proved less severe than first feared.

Speaking earlier today, Neal Stephenson told the Free Press: “We have been lucky, as the damage hasn’t been too severe. There is a lot of clear ground through the fences –  and there are areas where trees have been felled and dropped to waste and haven’t been replanted, which stopped it spreading further.”

“It was quite worrying, but somebody was good to us!”

Firefighters were called out to Kingsburgh Forest, south of Uig, on Thursday evening following reports of a grass fire.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service told the Free Press that they were made aware of the blaze shortly before 7 pm last night: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 6.48pm on Thursday, March 1 to reports of a grass fire.

“Operations Control mobilised a fire engine to the area where firefighters used beaters to extinguish the fire. Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”