Several homes evacuated due to stubble fire
Published 13/08/2013 | 05:34
FIREFIGHTERS from around the South East were called to tackle a major stubble blaze in the fields around Castledockrell village on Monday afternoon.
Several houses were evacuated as the flames were fanned by a westerly breeze across parched fields and hundreds of acres were affected.
Ripe corn and recently cut straw provided the fire with plenty of fuel after the outbreak first took hold in the townland of Munfin.
The fire jumped the main Castledockrell to Bunclody road before brigades from Enniscorthy, Bunclody and beyond could have any effect.
The alarm was raised around 3 p.m. for an incident that bore many of the hallmarks of a major emergency.
Firemen were supported by Gardaí who put diversions into place to keep traffic away from harm.
Among those removed from his home was farmer Joe Doyle whose land was badly hit in the fire.
The smell of smoke hung around Castledockrell, though the village was spared any real threat from the outbreak.
Cars queued along the Marshalstown to Castledockrell road which was blocked by fire tenders pumping water from the local stream to quench the spectacular blaze.