Northern Ireland

Rasharkin gorse on fire at Drumack Road

Rasharkin Image copyright Connor Duncan
Image caption The fire was reported at 21:00 BST on Saturday

Fire fighters tackled a gorse fire in Rasharkin, County Antrim on Saturday, close to where another fire blazed for more than 24 hours.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the alert was raised at 21:00 BST.

One fire appliance attended the scene at Drumack Road.

Last week, fire crews spent more than 24 hours battling a blaze close to the latest one.

The flames spread across 800 metres and six appliances and specialist wildfire resources were sent to the scene.

In the first week of July, fire crews across Northern Ireland battled 665 gorse fires, many of them started deliberately.

Image copyright Laurance Belton
Image caption Six appliances were deployed at the gorse fire near Rasharkin a week ago

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