VIDEO: Major gorse fire on outskirts of Derry

An image of the gorse fire at Ardmore yesterday.
An image of the gorse fire at Ardmore yesterday.

There was a major gorse fire on the outskirts of Derry yesterday.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue said that in total 40 fires were reported across Counties Derry 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.