COOKSTOWN Councillor Sean Clarke has urged the public to remain vigilant and be alert for gorse fires overs following the recent spell of hot weather.
The call comes following an extensive gorse fire in the Keerin Road and Dunnamore Road area.
Cllr Clarke said: “The threat of gorse fires in these rural areas remains high and is a clear risk to life and property.
“I would urge the public, both local residents and visitors to the area to remain vigilant for the sign of fires and to alert the emergency services in the event of an outbreak.”
He added: “I would commend the ongoing dedication of the Fire & Rescue Service in tackling these gorse fires. They are often prolonged, away from easy access and in difficult terrain.
“Often these firefighters are on the go from one call to another at this time of year and their service is greatly appreciated.”
On Wednesday six appliances and more than 50 firefighters tackled a blaze near the Keerin and Dunnamore Roads, which are between Pomeroy and Omagh.
The fire had taken hold in a five-mile stretch of gorse, scrub and forest,
Firefighters concentrated their efforts on protecting two houses.
The fire service confirmed that they had put the fire out at 11.30pm.
In April the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) appealed to the public tto think of the consequences of starting fires in the countryside.