Monday, 31 May 2010

Caravans Threatened By Gorse Fire At Ballycastle

The fire service is dealing with a major gorse fire at Silvercliffs Holiday Village in Ballycastle which is situated on a mature 28 acre park, partially wooded,  commanding breath-taking views over Ballycastle Bay and enclosed by the cliffs of Fair Head and Rathlin Island.
The fire started on the cliff face under the caravan site and is being tackled by over 25 firefighters with appliances from Ballycastle, Ballymoney Portrush and Kilrea in attendance.

The fire quickly spread, according to a eye witness, from the caravan site and many caravaners close to the cliff edge feared for the safety of their vans and lives.

The fire service is still tackling the blaze at 1830 hrs this evening [Monday, May 31] which has seen some of the North Coast’s most treasured wildlife and natural habitat destroyed; The fire is thought to have been started deliberately.