Forest / Wild Fire in Mourne Mountains, County Down, United Kingdom

More than 50 firefighters are battling to bring a blaze under control on the Mourne Mountains in County Down. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received a report that a fire had broken out in Donard Forest at 20:30 BST on Sunday. The fire front is a mile long and efforts to bring it under control is expected to last into Monday morning. A total of eight appliances are at the scene. Guests at Bonny's Caravan Park near to where the fire is have been evacuated. Residents of Tullybrannigan Road were also among those forced to leave their homes and several buses were brought in to help with the evacuation. The Newcastle Centre, a Council-run leisure center in the County Downtown, was opened for people evacuated due to the fire. It is understood at least 200 people are at the center, most of whom were staying at Bonny's Caravan Park. Mats were set up in some of the rooms to allow for overnight stays

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