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Cavehill fire: Firefighters will monitor the North Belfast blaze overnight

A gorse fire on Cavehill will be watched overnight, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Concerns were raised on Monday night after residents spotted flames and smoke rising from the hills above north Belfast. The fire was first spotted around 7:45 p.m. Monday evening.

Firefighters confirmed that they had received “several calls from the public” about the matter, but as there is “no risk to life or property” no team is currently deployed to the site.

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In a statement, a NIFRS spokesperson said: “NIFRS received several calls from the public for gorse fires in the Cavehill area from 7.45pm this evening.

“Following the assessment of the area, no fire crews are currently deployed, as there is no risk to life or property. This will be reassessed if necessary.”

Green Party councilor for the region Mal O’Hara shared a photo and message of concern following the incident.

He said: “Not a great view tonight of the city. One of our greatest assets in North Belfast on fire.”

UUP North Belfast representative Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston also commented on Monday night’s fire.

“A depressing sight watching this jewel of north Belfast engulfed in flames. Devastating to wildlife, walkers and our fascinating heritage,” she said.

“Last month, Northern Ireland was ranked as one of the best hiking destinations in the world. This should not be laughed at. The impact is huge, both environmentally and economically.”

Earlier on Monday evening, it was reported that a fire had broken out in Black Mountain, west Belfast.

Two aircraft were dispatched to Black Mountain beginning at 5:50 p.m. and departing at 7:30 p.m. However, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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