Swann warns of rural fires

North Antrim UUP MLA Robin Swann has warned people enjoying the countryside against the dangers of gorse and forest fires and has appealed for people to be careful not to do anything that could start a fire.

“Apart from being a risk to life, property and the wider environment, these fires are also tying up resources of the Fire and Rescue Services that could be needed elsewhere in an emergency.

“I encourage people to be extra careful and ensure that they take everything home that they bring out into the countryside,” he said..

“I also appeal to people not to attempt to tackle gorse fires on their own, but to ring the emergency services straight away.”