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Video: Northern Ireland experiences worst gorse fires in six years

The Belfast Telegraph was on the scene as firefighters battled to bring the blazes at Mullaghfad Forest near Fivemiletown and Bunnisnagapple on the outskirts of Brookeborough under control.

Speaking at the scene of the Bunnisnagapple blaze, Fire Service Group Commander Keith Black said Northern Ireland was "like a tinderbox" due to the ongoing dry weather, and issued a plea for those who are deliberately starting the fires to cease before their activities claim lives.

"My message to anyone who is starting fires deliberately is: 'Stop'," he said.

The fire chief said the dramatic rise in the number of blazes was draining resources.

"These are the worst gorse fires we have seen in six years, and are two-and-a-half to three times the level of fires that we had for the same period last year. That's a big draw on resources," he said.

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