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Firefighters battle Castlewellan forest fire

Around 50 fire service personnel were tackling the flames on Saturday.


The blaze in Castlewellan (NIFRS)

The blaze in Castlewellan (NIFRS)

The blaze in Castlewellan (NIFRS)

Firefighters have been battling a large forest fire in Co Down.

The blaze in Castlewellan has been burned since Friday morning.

The fire has swept over a large area of gorse and forest.

On Saturday afternoon, around 50 firefighters continued to tackle the flames.

Seven pumping units were in attendance, along with a command unit and supervisory officers.

A specialist wildfire response team and specialist rescue team were also involved.

South Down MP Chris Hazzard praised the efforts.

He tweeted: “Huge credit to @NIFRSOFFICIAL for their ongoing efforts in battling wild fire outside Castlewellan”