Gorse fire was a mile wide

An image of the gorse fire at Ardmore.
An image of the gorse fire at Ardmore.

A gorse fire near Ardmore, near Londonderry raged for several hours on Friday night.

Firefighters fought the blaze, which at one stage was more than a mile wide.

It was one of 40 fires reported across Counties Londonderry and Tyrone in a single day, some of which were accidental. Others were said to have been deliberately started.

Fire Commander Kieran Doherty said: “You have to attack it from both sides, and a lot of personnel need to be deployed. We always have to be very vigilant for risk to life and property.

“If the wind changes, a fire can turn on its head very quickly.”

An image of the gorse fire at Ardmore on Friday.

An image of the gorse fire at Ardmore on Friday.