'The scale of this fire is frightening' - More than 50 firefighters battle wild fires in Galway
Homes in danger of being destroyed if winds change, Coilte chief warns
Fire services are battling over 30 wild fires across the country, with farms and homes in danger of being destroyed.
A huge wild fire in Co Galway, which has a front expanse of 5km, is within 4.5km of houses as Coillte and emergency services battle to bring it under control.
More than 50 people are battling to get the fire under control and are fighting it on three fronts with two under control. However, one front is still burning significantly and the fire is approximately within 4.5km of people's homes.
Mark Carlin, Director of Forest Operations at Coillte told the Sean O'Rourke show on RTE Radio One that the main goal is to protect the wind turbines.
The fire at at Cloosh Valley is threatening to destroy one of Ireland's largest wind farms.
He said that at the moment there is a helicopter helping fight the fire and the team is about to be joined by the Air Corps.
"We're bringing in extra staff as well to fight the fire."
He also said that there is plenty of water sources and buckets flown by helicopter are dipped into lake and then brought to the flames.