WATCH: Irish Air Corps join battle against major Sligo gorse fires

Emergency services are continuing to battle a series of major gorse fires in the Ox Mountains

WATCH: Irish Air Corps join battle against major Sligo gorse fires

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Fire fighters are continuing to battle a series of major gorse fires in the Ox Mountains in County Sligo.

The Irish Air Corps has joined a number of local fire crews in n their efforts to combat the fires.

While some have been brought under control, emergency services are continuing to battle two larger outbreaks that took hold in the Moy Forrest.

The air corps has been transporting water from Lough Easkey to the area and yesterday it dropped over a thousand litres of water from the air:

The fires are threatening a number of forests in the area.

Members of the public have been urged to take care when lighting fires – especially following the recent dry weather.

While it is believed the fires were started accidentally, there are concerns some may have been deliberate.

Yesterday, Northern Ireland’s Fire and Rescue Service warned that hundreds of fires in the region over the past week may have been started deliberately.

Families were forced to evacuate their homes in Newry as eight fire engines attempted to bring a fire that threatened local homes under control.