Gorse fires across Down and Antrim

Published Wednesday, 28 March 2012
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More than 80 firefighters are dealing with two separate gorse fires in counties Antrim and Down on Wednesday afternoon.

Gorse fires across Down and Antrim
Firefighters are struggling to get water to the scene. (© UTV)

The most extensive blaze is in Newry, where it has spread across eight acres in the Tamnaghbane Road area.

The fire was reported just before 2pm.

Firefighters are struggling to get water to the scene due to its rural location instead, they are beating out the flames.

Meanwhile another gorse fire is underway in the Mullaboy Lane area of Dunloy, just outside Ballymena in Co Antrim.

Forty firefighters are currently attending the scene.

Newry and Mourne councillor Pat McGinn said the fires are putting hill walkers and local wildlife at risk - and taking up valuable fire service resources.

"Many homes are at risk of these fires and as emergency services are already at breaking point," the Sinn Féin representative said.

"These fires endanger staff and divert vital resources that may be needed in serious accident and emergency incidents".

© UTV News
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