Firefighters tackle huge gorse blaze
Published 20/04/2015 | 02:30
Emergency services spent several hours tackling a raging gorse fire in Co Roscommon.
The blaze is understood to have taken hold outside Castlerea, on the main road to Cloonbonniffe, yesterday afternoon.
The road was closed for a number of hours as members of the fire service brought the blaze under control.
There were no injuries or damage to property.
The recent dry spell has raised the risk of gorse and forest fires. The fire service in Roscommon appealed to the public, farmers and landowners not to burn vegetation on uncultivated ground.
It follows a devastating fire at Killarney National Park earlier this month - the biggest in the park's history. Gardaí said hundreds of thousands of euro worth of damage was caused by the fire which started in the Kilgarvan area and spread over the mountains.
An Air Corps helicopter was drafted in to help quench the blaze.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney last week warned farmers not to set uncontrolled gorse fires to improve grazing, as the dry conditions have made undergrowth a major fire hazard.