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Hazzard urges caution as Mournes wildfire spreads

26 July, 2018 - by Chris Hazzard


Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has called on people enjoying the Mournes to exercise caution as emergency services continue to tackle a wildfire at Drinnahilly near Tollymore Forest Park.

The South Down MP said,

“Whether accidental or deliberate these wild fires are incredibly dangerous so I would urge everyone to exercise extreme caution when they are doing anything that might possibly start a fire.

“I would also like to appeal to anybody visiting the area to report any suspicious activity as the deliberate lighting of fires is completely unacceptable seeing as these fires cause widespread environmental destruction and are a risk to many local businesses and residents.

Mr Hazzard added:

“Finally I would like to recognise the efforts of the Irish AirCorps who have been assisting local emergency services this afternoon.

“This specialist assistance is a timely boost for those local emergency services who have been selflessly devoting themselves to tackling these wild fires over the last couple of weeks.”

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