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Thursday 17 August 2017

Firefighters still at scene of massive gorse blaze, with 350 acres of farmland 'at risk'

'It looked very scary at one point' - says local hotel manager

The hills above Gougane Picture: Gougane Barra Hotel
The hills above Gougane Picture: Gougane Barra Hotel
The fire has been burning for two days now and has come close to farm buildings in the area Picture: Gougane Barra Hotel
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Firefighters in Cork are still at the scene of a massive gorse fire, with 350 acres of farmland and forestry remaining under threat.

The fire started in a section of Gougane Barra Valley in West Cork two days ago and has been burning ever since.

Last night, eight tenders from Macroom Fire Brigade were at the scene and managed to bring the fire under control.

A section of the fire came within 100m of a farm house at one point.

A spokesperson for the fire service said that while 350 acres is still "at risk", they are confident that the worst of the fire is now over.

Neil Lucey, manager of the Gougane Barra Hotel which is situated near the Derrynasaggart Mountains where the fire is burning, told Independent.ie; "It's not as bad [this morning] as it was."

"We have guests here at the moment and they were very concerned last night. They were asking us about evacuation procedures as it looked very scary at one point.

"Today it looks like a bit of a black beauty. It got very close to main farm buildings and the farm house directly across the lake. It seems to be heading back towards the Kerry direction now.

The fire has been burning for two days now and has come close to farm buildings in the area Picture: Gougane Barra Hotel
The fire has been burning for two days now and has come close to farm buildings in the area Picture: Gougane Barra Hotel

"Macroom firefighters have done an excellent job."

Nobody has been injured in the fire.

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