A SCOTTISH trad musician is being praised as a hero for helping a driver whose car had been caught up in a Highland wildfire.

Gary Innes, founder of folk band Mànran, was driving on the A830 when his car was engulfed in smoke from a blaze near Mallaig that erupted on Tuesday.

It was then that he spotted a car in the fumes that had come to a halt. In the clip he put on social media, he can be heard saying: “There’s a car in the middle of the road. I think they’ve hit something.”

Innes has previous experience as a part-time firefighter and put it to use by helping the driver get medical aid.

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Innes tweeted a video of the incident on Tuesday. 

His tweet read: "A wild (fire) turn of events!! #A830 We got the poor lady out and drove her to the medical team in Mallaig. Drive safe”

One of the replies on Twitter said: “Superhero’s don’t just wear capes they play the box. Well done matey x”

Another wrote: “Yer just a knight in shining armour”

The western slope of Ben Lomond also erupted in flames on Tuesday, with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attending the site.

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Commenting on Facebook, The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Ranger Service said: "The fire is along a 1km front, all probably from one dropped cigarette.

"It is going to take a lot of work to put out. Please share to spread awareness of the need to take care with cigarettes."

The National Trust for Scotland confirmed firefighters remain on the scene as of Wednesday morning.

The Trust tweeted: “Thanks to everyone for their support and concern about the wildfire on Ben Lomond.

“Fire intensity has decreased substantially overnight, but it is not yet extinguished.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are onsite this morning.

“We're very grateful for everyone's understanding at this time and ask people to please continue to avoid the area for now.”

No injuries have been reported as a result of the Ben Lomond fire.