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Wildfire on Mourne Mountains

Posted 120 days ago | 22.04.19

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Wildfire on Mourne Mountains

Firefighters have brought a running wildfire in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in County Down under control after battling the blaze through the night. It started in Donard Forest and had a front a mile long rapidly spreading due to high winds.

Eight appliances from The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) were at the scene.

Guests at Bonny's Caravan Park, near to the fire, were evacuated but have been allowed to return.

A spokesperson commented: ”We use a term in the fire and rescue service called crowning, when the fire was jumping across the top of these very high areas of gorse, and the fire was moving at a very rapid rate, and our crews were concerned when they were trying to deal with this. That then presents very serious difficulties for us because the fire is very high up and it can spread very quickly.”

Dry conditions allowed the fire to develop quickly.

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