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Crews tackle latest gorse blazes

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The Belfast fire was put out in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Six fire engines were called to a gorse fire in Belfast on Tuesday night.

At one stage the blaze at Divis Mountain stretched across one square kilometre. It was put out in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, up to 60 firefighters spent much of Tuesday battling a large gorse fire in the Feeny area of County Londonderry.

An area of 80 acres was affected. The fire service's Eoin Doyle said there were flames up to 12 feet high.

"These were being fanned by very strong winds and it made the conditions difficult," he said.

The fire service has dealt with almost 200 gorse fires in the past six weeks.

The majority of these fires transpired to have been started deliberately.


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