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Firefighters continue to battle gorse fire at Slieveanorra

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Around 40 firefighters continue to battle a gorse fire at Slieveanorra.

A NIFRS spokesperson said “On 21 April 2020 we were called to two significant gorse fires in the Altarichard Road area and the Islandboy Road area in Ballycastle.

“15 Fire Appliances and around 70 Firefighters from across our Northern Area Command were deployed to deal with these incidents. The incident at Islandboy Road was dealt with by 4.39pm on 21 April.

“Six Fire Appliances and around 40 Firefighters are still dealing with the incident at Altarichard Road in high winds and difficult terrain. The cause of both fires is currently under investigation.

“These kinds of fires unnecessarily draw our resources away from where they are needed most, protecting our community.

Thanks to our planning, the changes we have made to how we deliver our service, and the hard work of our people, we are well placed to continue protecting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, however it is important that the public work with us to not add any additional pressure on the emergency services during this time.”

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