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.
- Forecasters predict cooler temperatures and a little rain for Northern Ireland
- 2,758 fire calls in single day as dry weather continues
- Pictured: Firefighters extinguish deliberate gorse fire near west Belfast residential area
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".
@IrishAirCorps helping Northern Ireland Fire Service with fire on Slieve Gullion. Latest example of how @dfpo and Air Corps are helping other agencies to keep communities safe. Approval granted following request from Northern Ireland. Air Corps on standby for others.— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) July 10, 2018
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