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The name of the district in north-west England is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable: 'FIR-nes' (IPA: /'fɜː nɪ (or ə)s/). This makes it a homophone of furnace.

Some are misled by the different spelling, essentially seeing the double '-s-' as emphatic, into reversing the stress: 'fir-NESS (IPA: /fɜː 'nɪ (or ə)s/). Don't join them!
Etymological note: "The old district name Furness (Fuththernessa c.1150) means 'headland by the rump-shaped island’, O[ld] Scand[inavian] futh ['rump'] (genitive -ar)" (Mills (1991)).