Northern Ireland

More than 60 firefighters tackle Antrim gorse fire

A large gorse fire in north Antrim has been brought under control.

More than 60 firefighters attended the blaze near Armoy, which started just after 2300 GMT on Friday.

The scene has now been handed over to the Forestry Service.

The cause of the blaze has not been confirmed. The incident is one of almost 50 gorse fires the Fire and Rescue Service has attended since Friday.

Group Commander Martin Cassidy said he believes many of the fires were started deliberately.

"Obviously the danger with incidents like this is they are drawing our crews away from providing fire cover to local communities," he added.

"This is what we are trying to stress to people who are perhaps engaged in fire starting activity.

"We do believe many are started deliberately and we would appeal to everyone to consider the danger this poses."