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Video: Aerial footage of huge Northern Ireland gorse fire

Fire crews are continuing to tackle a "significant" gorse fire in Co Antrim.

Six appliances and specialist wildfire resources are currently at the scene of the fire in the Drumack Road area in Rasharkin.

Firefighters have been at the scene for 24 hours in what have been described as challenging conditions.

The size of the fire has fluctuated due to the direction and strength of the wind and the materials involved - heavy gorse and peat. The fire front is was at one stage around 800metres long.

Fifty firefighters were on the scene on Thursday with the Fire Service saying they would continue on the scene over night if needed.

“Smoke is still impacting roads and motorists are advised to avoid the area – especially Craigs Road. Residents in the locality are advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

“This has been a challenging fire due to the direction and strength of the wind and the materials involved - heavy gorse and peat.  If required, Crews will remain at the scene overnight," a NIFRS spokesperson said.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Wednesday. Pic Laurance Belton
Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Wednesday. Pic Laurance Belton
Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Wednesday. Pic Laurance Belton
Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Wednesday. Pic Laurance Belton
Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Wednesday. Pic Laurance Belton
Six appliances are tackling the blaze in Rasharkin.

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