23 March 2022, 4.30pm.
A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:
“Throughout today Firefighters have responded to a number of wildfires, including two significant ones in the Mourne Mountains. At the height of both of these incidents 6 Appliances and over 30 personnel were in attendance at each incident.
“Our Firefighters have not only worked really hard when responding to these incidents but have also continued to provide cover and respond to incidents across the wider Mournes area. These incidents do put an additional strain on our resources and therefore we are asking for the public to support us by not starting fires in the countryside.”