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Firefighters battle Castlewellan forest fire

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

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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”

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