Video: Gorse fires ravage Londonderry and Tyrone

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

There was a major gorse fire on the outskirts of Londonderry on Friday (April 10).

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue said that in total 40 fires were reported across Counties Londonderry and Tyrone in a single day, some of which were accidental but others had been started intentionally.

Fire Commander Kieran Doherty said that the fire on a hill at Ardmore spread across a mile.

“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,” he said.