FIREFIGHTERS have urged locals to take precautionary measures as they tackle a “large-scale wildfire” in the Highlands.

Around 30 firefighters and a “number of specialist resources” have been dispatched to tackle the blaze at Cannich, west of Loch Ness.

Helicopters and other fire appliances have been used to tackle the ongoing wildfire, which was first reported just after midday on Sunday.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Highland have urged people in the nearby area “to close windows and doors due to increased levels smoke in the area”

Balintore Fire Station tweeted on Monday morning: “Station paged last night at 18:52 to the ongoing wildfire incident at Cannich.

“Firewatch duties last night along with creqs from Beauly and Newtonmore. The Service are continuing to tackle the fire today.”

It comes after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service warned of a “very high” risk of wildfires over the bank holiday weekend.

SFRS group commander Niall MacLennan said: "Numerous wildfires across Scotland this spring – including a wildfire at Kinlochmoidart which spanned the course of three days – have shown how real the danger of fire is in the countryside and how damaging it can be to the environment, wildlife and nearby communities.

"With rising temperatures this weekend and further dry conditions into next week, wildfires could burn and spread with very high intensity in high-risk areas.

"Therefore, it is crucial that people act responsibly when enjoying the outdoors and please think twice before using anything involving a naked flame."