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Firefighters tackling major gorse fire outside Rathfriland

Firefighters are currently battling a major gorse fire in the Mournes this afternoon (Tuesday).

Police have closed the Rostrevor Road in Hilltown as colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service deal with gorse fires in the area.

Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes for their journey.

The fire service received a call shortly after 6.30am.

Six fire appliances are in attendance; two from Newry and one each from Rathfriland, Armagh, Lurgan and Kilkeel fire stations.

Firefighters are currently using beaters to tackle the fire and the incident is ongoing.

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