Leitrim Fire Causes Extensive Environmental Damage

The NIFRS attended a blaze in gorse and woods near Leitrim which took three days to get under control.

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The NIFRS attended a blaze in gorse and woods near Leitrim which took three days to get under control.

A fire near Leitrim last weekend has caused extensive environmental damage in its wake following a period of dry weather.

A scene like Armageddon… but it is a gorse and woodland fire at Leitrim that took
3 days to get finally under control.

The incident was attended by the NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and a spokesperson said: “NIFRS crews were called to a significant wildfire incident at Leitrim Road, Castlewellan, Newcastle on Friday 15 May at 1.34pm.

“The incident involved a large area of gorse and forestry. A significant number of NIFRS resources including 7 pumping appliances, a Command unit and supervisory officers were at the scene of the fire.

A supply of water was vital in getting the
fire under control.

“Over 50 NIFRS personnel including a High Volume Pump, Specialist Wildfire Response Team and Specialist Rescue Team were committed to the incident.

“Firefighters worked closely with colleagues in the PSNI, the Mourne Heritage Trust, Skywatch and the Forestry Service.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the incident was finally dealt with by 4.57pm on Monday 18 May.

“The public are reminded that deliberate setting of wildfires is a criminal offence and if you see anyone setting a fire you should call the PSNI immediately.

Fire tenders arrive on the scene near Leitrim on difficult terrain.

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