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The firefighters spend the second night in Ayrshire

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Kevin McKnight

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The fire in Dalmellington broke out on Saturday night

Firefighters spent a second night fighting a large forest fire in East Ayrshire.

Rescue workers were alerted to a hill on Loch Doon at 6:50 pm on Saturday.

At least five miles of hills were affected and the public was asked to shun the area.

The East Ayrshire Council said overnight that progress was being made and that a social center had been opened in the nearby town of Dalmellington.

Firefighters have worked in the region with the support of Police Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland.

They are expected to stay on-site to monitor the site and manage hot spot areas.

The cause of the outbreak is still under investigation, but the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said that dry weather has increased the risk of fire.

Several fires erupted during the weekend, including one near the Paul Hill wind farm near Ballingdalloch.

Lewis Ramsay, SFRS's Chief Executive Officer said: "Our crews in Scotland had a challenging weekend where they had numerous incidents.

"The excellent cooperation with landowners, the Forestry Commission and Police Scotland has allowed us to ensure the safety of our communities.

"I would like to thank the broader community for their continued support, the hard work of our partners and the on-site crews for their untiring efforts."

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