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Fire Service tackle gorse fires

The Fire Service have been called to two separate gorse fires.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has been called out to two separate gorse fires, one in County Tyrone and the other in County Down.

Six appliances were called to a large gorse fire at Gortin Glen Forest, just outside Omagh.

Another six appliances were called to deal with a fire near Bloody Bridge in the Mournes.

Senior Fire Officer Fergal Leonard, who is co-ordinating the operation in Tyrone, urged people to stay away.

"Gortin Glen Park is closed off," he said.

"I would appeal to any drivers that are coming this direction, heading home from work, please take care and drive easily."

The full extent of the fires, and how they were caused, is not yet known.

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