Firefighters are redoubling their efforts to put out a major forest fire that has been on for two days on Northern Ireland’s highest peak, Slieve Donard.
Several fire crews and apparatus from neighboring towns gathered in Newcastle, County Down, at the foot of the Morne Mountains.
In a report, North Ireland The fire and rescue service said it was “stepping up firefighting operations in the Morne Mountains”.
“A lot of resources will be there,” he said.
“We would like to ask members of the public not to congregate in the immediate vicinity and ask the walkers to avoid the Newcastle side of Slieve Donard.”
A previous statement read: ‘The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service would like to highlight the inadequacy of wild camping in these areas this weekend due to the current fire conditions.
“We would ask the public to exercise caution and vigilance in fire safety if they are in the countryside during this current drought.”
The Morne Mountains are one of the most popular places in Northern Ireland, attracting thousands of tourists under normal circumstances.
Local MP Chris Hazzard from Sinn Fein said: “Whether accidental or deliberate, forest fires are incredibly dangerous.
Thoughts with the firefighters back on Les Mournes this morning struggling with one of our worst forest fires
I asked my management colleagues for an update on the response and would echo calls for the public not to congregate in the area and ask the walkers to avoid Slieve Donard pic.twitter.com/ajf5Kk7C9Y
– Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) April 24, 2021
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