Monday 23 October 2017

Fire crews battle gorse fires overnight

The gorse fire on Howth Hill
The gorse fire on Howth Hill
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning
The gorse blaze on Howth Hill this morning

SIX units of Dublin Fire Brigade battled against gorse fires in the north of the capital overnight.

Fire crews were still fighting the blaze, which is believed to have been started maliciously, on a popular tourist spot Howth Hill this morning.

The fire was brought under control by lunchtime today.

One house was evacuated for several hours late last night as a precautionary measure in accordance with health and safety rules, a spokesperson said.

“This is a regular occurrence during hot weather – but we’re well capable of handling it,” a spokesperson said.

“Six units were at the scene and remained there overnight. One house was evacuated – but this was a precautionary measure and there was no panic,” the spokesperson said.

The undergrowth caught fire on Howth Hill at approximately 3pm yesterday, with the plume of smoke visible for miles around North County Dublin.

The fire crew fought to bring the blaze under control throughout the night.

Fire crews also separately tackled a smaller blaze that broke out on Killiney Hill.

Investigations will be carried out to establish the cause of both fires.

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