Ongoing wildfire in Fivemiletown "started deliberately"

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By Adam Evans

It's thought a large wildfire in County Tyrone was started on purpose.

We're told 45 firefighters with 8 engines are dealing with difficult conditions to bring it under control.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said: 

"Since 1st May 2017 we have dealt with 460 gorse related incidents 80% of these have been as a result of deliberate ignition.  

"With the dry weather set to continue there is a high risk of further fires this week.  I would like to appeal to members of the public to be vigilant and take care while out in the countryside in order to prevent further fires. 

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to fire setting to contact PSNI. ”

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