Acre of sand dunes destroyed in beach fire

Cllr Deirdre Ferris fears someone will get seriously hurt

WILDFIRES at Banna Strand, which broke out during an open air party on Sunday night, scorched approximately one acre of sand dunes, it has emerged.

The latest outbreak has led to a repeated call to Kerry County Council to close all secondary car parks on a temporary basis.

Cllr Deirdre Ferris is once again calling on Kerry County Council to close all secondary car parks on a temporary basis.

She said the latest incident was the result of a camp fire at a party held in the dunes late on Sunday night.

The Kerry Fire and Rescue Service was called upon to get the fire under control in a bid to reduce the devastation.

“All that is left behind on the scorched dune are empty alcohol bottles and cans and the remains of protected wildlife that were tragically burned alive,” Cllr Ferris said.

She said the Special Area of Conservation and Special Protected Area has once again been targeted by individuals who have no respect for the importance of the area or the community living there.

“Kerry County  Council has an obligation to ensure the area’s protection and conservation and must act urgently to ensure that every possible step is taken to stop this anti-social behaviour,” the Sinn Fein councillor insisted.

“If we do not act now, it is only a matter of time before the area loses its status under the European Habitats Directive or its Blue Flag status, or more importantly, before someone gets seriously hurt,” she warned.

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