Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service tackle major gorse fire - public advised to avoid the area

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service has issued an update as firefighters tackle a gorse fire
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The NIFRS statement said the they are currently dealing with a gorse fire near the Slievenaman Road, Newcastle

A spokesperson said: “NIFRS is currently in attendance at a wildfire on Slievenaman Road, Newcastle. We were called to the fire at 5.03am this morning. Fire Appliances from Newcastle, Warrenpoint, Rathfriland, Kilkeel and Armagh Fire Stations are currently attending the incident with. firefighters working to extinguish the fire using specialist wildfire equipment.

They added, ‘As the incident is ongoing the public is advised to avoid the Slievenaman Road and surrounding area.’