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VIDEO: Helicopter drops water from the air to tame fire along banks of River Tay in Perthshire

A large fire is still raging, more than five hours after breaking out along the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire.

The blaze took hold on land between Errol and Longforgan from late Monday morning, with large clouds of smoke visible across the Carse of Gowrie.

PICTURES: Watch as brave firefighters battle huge wall of flames along River Tay

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said that nine appliances had been sent to the site.

By 4.30pm, with smoke still visible for miles, a helicopter was deployed to dump water to tame the flames.

The fire at the Errol reed beds, looking across the Tay from Newburgh.

 

The major fire on the Tay near Errol.
The fire on the banks of the River Tay

The fire, in close proximity to Errol Airfield, has been caused by reed beds catching alight.

Witnesses have  said the plumes of smoke can be seen from Newburgh and Dundee.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the scene near the “back of Errol Airfield” at around 11.46am and initially sent four appliances.

The fire near Errol, pictured from the other side of the Tay.

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