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Stromness and Kirkwall crews called to Finstown blaze

A large wildfire which raged for two hours in Finstown has been extinguished, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has confirmed.

Fire fighters from both Kirkwall and Stromness were called to the blaze in the Cuffie Hill area near Finstown area at around 6.20pm this evening, Thursday.

An SFRS spokesman told The Orcadian that four appliances were needed to tackle the fire, which was finally extinguished at around 8.20pm.

According to SFRS the fire had spread across be three-and-half to four acres of land in two fire fronts approximately 450 metres in length.