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48 firefighters battle Northern Ireland gorse blaze

Firefighting operations were likely to continue into the evening.

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Firefighting operations were likely to continue well into the evening (Rui Vieira/PA)

Firefighting operations were likely to continue well into the evening (Rui Vieira/PA)

Firefighting operations were likely to continue well into the evening (Rui Vieira/PA)

A one kilometre-wide gorse fire has broken out in Co Antrim.

Eight fire appliances and 48 firefighters were battling the blaze Wednesday afternoon on land near Craig’s Forest, Finvoy, Ballymoney, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said.

Firefighting operations were likely to continue well into the evening.

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