Police warn community about gorse fires

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Police in E District, which incorporates Newry & Mourne, are warning the public of the danger of starting grass or gorse fires following the recent spell of dry weather.

Local Crime Prevention Officer, Michelle Wilson said, “Grass and gorse fires have the potential to cause widespread damage to the environment and harm to wildlife, as well as threatening homes and businesses.

“The risks to firefighters engaged in dealing with fires and the consequences of tying up crucial resources that might be needed elsewhere should not be underestimated.

“Those who are travelling through the countryside should also be careful that a moment of carelessness does not lead to a fire. You should always make sure that cigarettes are extinguished properly before disposing of them and that any barbeques or fires are entirely extinguished.

“If anyone would like further advice they can contact us on 0845 600 8000,” Wilson added.

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