Mournes Fire Causes Significant Environmental Damage

Firemen battle to get a Mournes fire under control

Firemen battle to get a Mournes fire under control

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson speaking about a major fire in the Mournes beside Hen Mountain and Spelga Dam said: “Eight fire appliances are currently in attendance at the gorse fire on Cock Mountain and Hen Mountain in the Mournes.

“Firefighters are working hard to extinguish the fire using beaters and knapsack sprayers. The incident is ongoing and the public is advised to avoid the area.

“Throughout today firefighters have responded to a number of wildfires, including two significant ones in the Mourne Mountains. At the height of both of these incidents six Appliances and over 30 personnel were in attendance at each incident.

Drone footage showing the extent of the fire and the difficult terrain that the NIFRS have to contend with.

“Our Firefighters have not only worked really hard when responding to these incidents but have also continued to provide cover and respond to incidents across the wider Mournes area.

“These incidents do put an additional strain on our resources and therefore we are asking for the public to support us by not starting fires in the countryside.”

Ennis commends firefighter efforts to tackle Mournes’ blaze

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has praised firefighters for their ongoing efforts in battling huge fires in the Mourne Mountains.

Sinn Féin MLA Sinead Ennis.

The South Down MLA said: “Firefighters have been battling large fires in the Mournes which started yesterday at Hen Mountain and Spelga Dam. 

“I commend the efforts and courage of all those currently working to put these fires out.

“I appeal to drivers and local people not involved in the efforts to put out this fire to avoid the affected areas this morning and allow fire and rescue services the space to extinguish this fire safely. 

“Tragically these fires will have caused widespread damage to the environment and our wildlife. 

“This is yet another stark reminder that everyone must behave responsibly while visiting the Mournes in order to protect the environment and the safety of the local community.”