DOZENS of acres of moorland near Lochailort were destroyed in a fierce wildfire on Tuesday – believed to have been caused by sparks flying from the popular Jacobite steam train which has just begun its new season on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig.
The fire covered about 30 acres to the west of Lochailort and was first reported just after noon.
Four Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service appliances – two from Fort William and one each from Acharacle and Spean Bridge – attended the scene.
Using beaters, the 24 firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours, finally putting it out shortly after 4pm.
A HIFRS spokesman said no properties or people were at risk from the fire.
Pat McElhinnhey, Lochaber group manager for HIFRS, said: “The fire was well alight when we got there and we’re sure it was sparked by the steam train.
“The prompt actions of the fire crews prevented the fire spreading over the hill.”