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Crews tackle forest and mountain blazes in Belfast and Fermanagh

The gorse fire in Tully Forest, near Lisnaskea. Picture from BBC

FIREFIGHTERS have dealt with gorse blazes in Belfast and Co Fermanagh.

Crews were called to a fire on Divis Mountain in Belfast at around 10pm last night.

Five appliances attended the scene where around 100 square metres of land was ablaze. Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

Fire crews also tackled a "significant" blaze in Tully Forest, near Lisnaskea yesterday.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said 10 pumping appliances and two water tankers attended with some firefighters remaining at the scene overnight.

A NIFRS spokesman said one appliance remained at the site today.

"At the height of the incident over 10 appliances were in attendance," he said.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."

Sinn Féin MLA Áine Murphy praised the efforts of firefighters involved in tackling the large gorse fire near Lisnaskea.

"I pay tribute to all of the firefighters involved in tackling the large gorse fire in Tully Forest near Lisnaskea," she said.

"A number of roads are closed while firefighters tackle the blaze and I would encourage people to avoid the area if possible.

"In this warm weather I would appeal to people take extra care when outdoors in order to prevent fires like this."

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