A gorse fire in bogland in Co. Tyrone cause the evacuation of a number of homes in close proximity, as firefighters spent ours battling the blaze on Thursday evening, April 16th.
The fire broke out in Loughmacrory, Co. Tyrone and could be seen from miles away, according to local sources.
Members of the Pomeroy fire brigade and Omagh fire brigade attended the scene, with 3 units needed to control and extinguish the blaze.
Fire wardens in the area believe the fire to have been deliberate and are appealing for information.
A spokesperson for the fire service has appealed to anyone involved in starting such fires to cease immediately, as they stated the importance of preventing unnecessary pressures on emergency services during this national emergency.
Area commander, western area command, Mark Smyth said: “ We have recently responded to a number of significant gorse fires across Northern Ireland including some in Tyrone. This one at Loughmacrory was a large fire that threatened people’s homes.
“I want to thank all of the firefighters for their quick action to prevent this from becoming more serious and for the support of the local community during the incident.”
Sinn Féin MLA, Declan McAleer, was at the scene of the fire and commended the local community for their cooperation during this incident. Local farmers were seen assisting in tackling the blaze, using slurry tanks full of water in an attempt to extinguish the fire, as reported by McAleer.
Image source: Declan McAleer Facebook