Large Gorse Fires On Mourne Mountains Brought Under Control

Large gorse fires on the Mourne Mountains in Co Down have been brought under control, according to the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).

It is believed spaces of ground stretching to around 100 football pitches were affected by the blaze on Slieve Donard.
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Health Minister Robin Swann said: "I have been watching this major incident unfold over the last few days. While the situation is improving, the blaze is continuing to cause significant damage to the Mourne Mountain area. The bravery, commitment and determination of these firefighters have very much shone through as they worked tirelessly in extreme circumstances to bring this fire under control. I pay tribute to each and every one of them.   

"These men and women are very much the heroes and protectors of our environment. But there is an onus on us all to take better care of our natural heritage and protect all the species that live there. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our landscape so future generations can enjoy and benefit from it."

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