Local Councillor praises response of emergency services and local farmers to fire in Maghera

Fire crews and the local community have been praised for their response to a gorse fire near Virginia last night.

The fire broke out on Bruise Hill near Maghera yesterday evening.

Fire Brigades from Ballyjamesduff and Virginia, Civil Defence teams and local farmers worked together to prevent the fire spreading further and impacting on nearby buildings.

Farmers used slurry tanks of water to douse the area around the fire to prevent it spreading further.

No one was injured in the fire but a significant land area was burned and local wildlife is believed to be severely impacted.

Local Councillor and Cathaoirleach of Cavan county Council Shane P O’Reilly praised all involved in last night’s effort: