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Crews spend two days tackling Antrim gorse fire

Dozens of firefighters have spent two days tackling a gorse fire in the Glens of Antrim.

The blaze in the hills above Cushendall comes at the end of a very busy Easter weekend for the fire service.

Smoke from the gorse fire could be seen for miles around, but the fire crews had it under control, preventing it spreading to rural property.

It had been put out twice on Monday, before starting again on Tuesday.

Ronan's Way, where the fire started, is a picturesque and popular walking route overlooking Glendun.

Landowner John McAuley helped walkers safely off the trail when he first spotted the flames.

He said: “They weren’t frightened at all, but it was more a safety precaution in case they were encircled by the fire there.”

The blaze at Ronan's Way comes after the fire in the Mourne Mountains on Sunday, when a nearby caravan park had to be evacuated.

It is being treated as suspicious and while there's no indication what caused this latest outbreak, people are being advised to be careful as the warm weather continues.