Northern Ireland

Forty gorse fires in single day

Gorse fire at Ardmore Image copyright Tyler Collins
Image caption The fire at Ardmore was spread over a mile

There were 40 gorse fires in Counties Tyrone and Londonderry in a single day.

The Fire Service said that while some blazes on Friday were accidental, others were started deliberately.

Fire commander Kieran Doherty said one fire on a hill at Ardmore was spread over a mile.

"You have to attack it from both sides, and a lot of personnel need to be deployed - we always have to be very vigilant for risk to life and property," he said.

"If the wind changes, a fire can turn on its head very quickly."

Image copyright Tyler Collins
Image caption Firefighters tackled a blaze on the Baranailt Road in Limavady

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