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Friday 24 January 2020

Dublin Fire Brigade battle forest blaze for over 24 hours

Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the area at around 4pm.
Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the area at around 4pm.

Cian Murray

The Dublin Fire Brigade has been fighting a forest fire in the Puck's Castle area of Rathmichael since yesterday morning.

They have been on the scene constantly since early yesterday morning and at 3pm today, there were still two engines fighting the blaze, which is in a part of the Dublin Mountains just outside Shankill

It is not clear how the fire started, but a spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade has said that the recent dry weather could be part of the problem.

They said: "It's been going on for the last few days. There is so much dry vegetation in the area that it could have been started by something as simple as the sun shining through a piece of broken glass and setting alight.

"We've had engines at the site for around a day and a half now and we're all praying for rain as all the dry shrubbery is just making the problem worse."

Gardaí said they have not received any reports regarding the fires.

This is second big fire in the area this week, with the Dublin Fire Brigade spending six hours battling a blaze near Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Tuesday evening.

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