Police warn of dangers of gorse fires

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Police in Newry are warning the public of the danger of starting gorse fires following an incident in Annalong. At 12.20am on Monday, 8th April, police attended a gorse fire on Head Road. NIFRS also attended and dealt with the fires. Constable Murphy, Kilkeel Response, said, “It was fortunate on this occasion that no one was hurt and this is the risk that those who start fires run. “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. Murphy added, “I would ask anyone with information in relation to the fires in Annalong to contact us in Kilkeel on 0845 600 8000.”
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