Live: Cavehill on fire as smoke spotted from across the city

News has just come in of huge clouds of smoke billowing from the slopes of Cavehill in North Belfast tonight.

Concerns were raised on Wednesday evening after residents across the city spotted flames and smoke rising from the hills. The fire was first spotted at around 8.45pm on Wednesday evening.

It’s believed two fire crews are in attendance. It follows a spate of gorse fires on the mountain earlier this year that devastated wildlife.

In a tweet, SDLP Councillor Carl Whyte said: “Gorsefire on Cavehill tonight with smoke and flames visible. Spoke to @NIFRSOFFICIAL on scene – two crews attending and on the mountain now to hopefully extinguish fire.”

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