SDLP Local Representative for Belleek John Coyle has condemned those behind the lighting of a gorse fire in the Belleek area.
Mr Coyle said: “I am shocked and appalled at the lighting of a large gorse fire near Belleek which destroyed a large area of flora and fauna.
“The area that was affected is part of the pettigo plateau which is a beautiful nature reserve and a real asset to the local landscape.
“Those behind this fire have displayed a reckless attitude towards human life by putting into jeopardy the lives of residents living nearby as well as their homes.
“I want to pay tribute to the fire service who worked in a speedy manner to bring the fire under control. Their brave efforts to contain the fire meant that further damage was not inflicted on the landscape or indeed people living nearby.”