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Watch: Irish Air Corps called in to help tackle Co Armagh gorse fire

The Irish Air Corps have joined the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) in tackling a gorse fire in Co Armagh.

It follows a request from the NIFRS for help in tackling the fire at Slieve Gullion, two miles across the border.

The gorse fire covers an area of approximately 100 acres and is encroaching upon an area of special scientific interest.

NIFRS said it requested assistance due to the deep-seated nature of the fire.

A fire service spokesperson said they were receiving assistance from two Irish Air Corps helicopters.

"One is involved in aerial fire fighting and one is being used as an observation point," the spokesperson said.

Four fire appliances, specialist wildlife resources and all-terrain vehicles are also at the scene.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was good to see the Irish Air Corps "helping a neighbour".

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