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A huge wildfire rages as plumes of smoke billow over homes and illuminate the night sky

Firefighters tackle a massive blaze tearing through gorse land on Cave Hill in north Belfast. Pictures show hundreds of meters of forest were devastated by the flames

A huge gorse fire can be seen all over Belfast
A huge gorse fire can be seen all over Belfast

Huge flames soar into the night sky over Belfast as firefighters battle a wildfire that has covered hundreds of meters of forest.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines were battling the gorse fire on Cave Hill in north Belfast, which started just before 9pm on Wednesday night.

Social media images show the massive blaze with large plumes of smoke billowing and people have expressed concern for wildlife, which is believed to have been devastated.

It was followed by a spate of gorse fires on the mountain earlier this year, devastating wildlife, reports said BelfastLive.

In a tweet, SDLP Council Member Carl Whyte said: “Gorsefire at Cavehill tonight with smoke and flames visible. I spoke to @NIFRSOFFICIAL on site – two crews are present and now on the mountain to hopefully put out the fire.”







Images suggest hundreds of yards of forest are ablaze
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A tweet from NIFRS at 11pm read: “NIFRS remains present at a gorse fire in Cavehill.

“There is no danger to life or property and firefighters will remain on site throughout the night to closely monitor and assess the incident.

“Please avoid the area and keep the windows closed as a precaution.”

A clearer start to the evening has given way to night, making firefighting more dangerous.







The skies over Belfast lit up from the devastating fires
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One person tweeted: “Another terrifying sight on Cave Hill tonight.”

Another posted a picture of the flames and wrote: “Out the bedroom window. An absolute shame. God bless Cavehill. Terrible Scenes. Damaged for years. Not just the country.”

Another said: “View from our house. Really high flames and heavy black smoke. Strong smell of burning wood after days without rain.”

Alliance representative Nuala McAllister said: “I have a very worried Finn at home who is not sleeping because he is worried about all the animals on Cavehill.







Two groups of firefighters fought the wildfire
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“It’s so worrying to see so many fires here lately. Two fire pumps were out as soon as it was seen and know they won’t stop until it’s out with additional support.”

Sinn Fein MLA Caral NiChuilin tweeted: “Hope the fire at Cavehill is out and firefighters are safe. It’s disturbing to see fires in the mountains.”

Footage shared on social media suggests the fire has already destroyed hundreds of yards of forest and bushland.

At a time of year when birds are actively nesting, there are fears the fires could devastate local wildlife for years to come.

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